Met Office warns of ice, flooding and snow in next few days across UK

By Alexandra Topping

Wild weather over the weekend that brought sub-zero temperatures, storms, flooding and widespread icy conditions looks set to continue into the early part of the week in some areas of the UK.

By Sunday afternoon there were 78 flood warnings in place for England and six flood alerts across Wales. The Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice and snow in parts of the tip of Scotland, while much of Wales saw ice and snow. Wet and snowy weather is forecast for much of the country into the middle of the week.

On Saturday Chesil Beach on the Isle of Portland in Dorset was hit by storms that breached sea defences, leading the Environment Agency to issue a flood warning for the area and warning people to take care along beaches and coastal footpaths.

In Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, images showed a partly submerged children’s playground while in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, water rose up the tow path along the river.

This week more snow is likely across northern England, parts of Wales and Scotland with up to 5cm of snow likely at lower levels and up to 10cm on higher ground.

After cold but settled day on Monday, the Met Office is predicting a heavier band of rain to arrive overnight on Monday across a swathe of the UK from the south and west, said Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall.

“From Monday night into Tuesday, we’ve got a weather system coming up from the Atlantic, bringing heavy rain to southern and western parts of the UK,” he said. “As it bumps into that cold air for Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England, and perhaps north Wales, these are the areas that are likely to see that rain turning quickly to snow.”

Travel across a large part of England and Wales north of the M4 corridor could be disrupted by snow and ice, including on trans-Pennine routes.

On Wednesday the wintry weather is expected to move up the country, with the risk of snow across Scotland and northern England, he said.

“Some areas could actually see a couple of days of snow falling, not necessarily all the time,” he said.