Snow and ice warning this weekend ahead of further flooding

People are being urged to heed the flood warnings by the weekend and the Environment Secretary warns of the possibility of further “challenges” in parts of England due to the wet weather next week.

In some areas along the River Severn, residents have been advised that flooding could occur by Saturday, with some levels peaking at heights similar to last February.

In Worcester, households at risk are being contacted by the city council and offering rest area accommodation.

The environmental agency warned of “abnormally high river levels” after days of heavy rainfall after Storm Christoph flooded hundreds of properties across the country.

Nursing home residents have been evacuated in several areas of the northwest, while in Wales a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to the fast flowing floods.

The river levels around Ironbridge in Shropshire were expected to peak overnight at around 6.8 m.

In Bewdley, Worcestershire, the environmental agency expects the peak early Saturday at a “slightly lower” level than February 2020, according to Dave Throup.

This weekend, the wet conditions will be replaced by freezing temperatures, resulting in a yellow weather warning of snow and ice in much of the UK until just before noon on Saturday.

Steve Willington, the Met Office’s chief forecaster, said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring “a mix of winter hazards across the UK”.

He said: “In clearer conditions, the ice remains a hazard overnight, while a band of snow on Sunday can cause 1 to 3 cm falls in central areas of the UK, particularly in the Cotswolds and higher up in the East Midlands.

“Snow outside of these areas is also a potential hazard.”

It will rain again next week. The Met Office’s warning that wet weather could already aggravate the effects in parts of the country and Environment Secretary George Eustice raise concerns about the potential for further flooding.

On a visit to Northwich in Cheshire, an area badly hit by the adverse weather, he said authorities were “closely monitoring” the way water moves through the river system, including areas in Yorkshire such as along the Don and Split of the river Aire.

He told reporters on Friday, “What worries us most is that we expect more rain to fall on wet, damp ground by the end of next week.

“It is possible that we will have some additional challenges in a week.”

Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said the wet weather is expected to return by the middle of next week.

He said, “As soon as there is more certainty about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week’s rain is likely to compound this week’s effects.”

For the River Dee in Farndon and the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows, two serious flood warnings remained in place on Friday evening, which mean a threat to life.

There were more than 100 flood warnings in England and a similar number of less severe flood warnings, and in Wales there were three flood warnings and eight flood warnings.

Local authorities in Wales will offer payments of up to £ 1,000 per household to help those affected by floods, said First Minister Mark Drakeford.


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