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UK weather: Britons wake to more snow chaos today with 60-hour blizzard alert

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Flooding caused chaos on the roads and rails today before blizzards hit parts of Britain for nearly a whole week as forecasters issued snow warnings for six days in a row and said villages could be cut off amid a whiteout weekend.

The Met Office said ‘some higher rural communities could become cut off’ for days, with no gas, electricity, water or phones when the most disruptive snowfall since the ‘Beast from the East’ in 2018 is expected.

Up to 3ft 4in (100cm) more snow could fall at high levels in Scotland in the coming days, with 7in (18cm) expected over the north Pennines in England as other northern parts see 1.2in (30mm) of rain, particularly on high ground.

Further south, intense downpours on the way today are bringing an increased threat of floods with the Environment Agency issuing 165 alerts and 45 warnings which are spread across the country.

These are mainly affecting Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and the Trent, Severn and Thames valleys – while a further four flood alerts have been issued by Natural Resources Wales. 

Today, roads in Northumbria and County Durham were shut due to flooding – along with trains between Newcastle and Morpeth, and South Western Railway services towards Southampton due to flooding at New Milton. 

A snowplough making its way along a snow covered road in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham, today

A snowplough making its way along a snow covered road in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham, today

A snowplough clears the A708 at Cappercleuch in the Scottish Borders today with more blizzards on the way

A snowplough clears the A708 at Cappercleuch in the Scottish Borders today with more blizzards on the way

A woman skis on a hill at Spittal of Glenshee in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, while a dog runs alongside her

A woman skis on a hill at Spittal of Glenshee in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, while a dog runs alongside her

Alpacas graze today in a snow-covered field in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham

Alpacas graze today in a snow-covered field in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham

A couple climb a hill whilst sledging near the village of Spittal of Glenshee in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, this afternoon

A couple climb a hill whilst sledging near the village of Spittal of Glenshee in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, this afternoon

A car is seen driving through heavy snow near Dufftown in Scotland today as more flurries are expected in the coming days

A car is seen driving through heavy snow near Dufftown in Scotland today as more flurries are expected in the coming days

A snow-covered cottage in the County Durham village of Harwood is pictured today as more wintry weather is expected

A snow-covered cottage in the County Durham village of Harwood is pictured today as more wintry weather is expected

Snow covers the hills and properties in the County Durham village of Harwood today with more blizzards on the way

Snow covers the hills and properties in the County Durham village of Harwood today with more blizzards on the way

A resident of Harwood in County Durham clears snow from their car today after the coldest January across the UK in ten years

A resident of Harwood in County Durham clears snow from their car today after the coldest January across the UK in ten years

The resident stands outside their snow-covered cottage in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham, today

The resident stands outside their snow-covered cottage in the village of Harwood in Teesdale, County Durham, today

Snow-covered streets at Dufftown in Scotland today as forecasters expect heavy snow and ice will affect many regions

Snow-covered streets at Dufftown in Scotland today as forecasters expect heavy snow and ice will affect many regions

A lorry is seen driving through heavy snow near Dufftown in Scotland today with more blizzards on the way

A lorry is seen driving through heavy snow near Dufftown in Scotland today with more blizzards on the way

Snow over fields in the North Pennines this morning with more blizzards expected in northern England today and tomorrow

Snow over fields in the North Pennines this morning with more blizzards expected in northern England today and tomorrow

Snow falls in Nottingham this morning as parts of the country continue to experience flurries

Snow falls in Nottingham this morning as parts of the country continue to experience flurries

Snow covers fields in the North Pennines this morning as Britons in some areas are warned to expect further blizzards

Snow covers fields in the North Pennines this morning as Britons in some areas are warned to expect further blizzards

Mobile homes surrounded by floodwater near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Mobile homes surrounded by floodwater near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

A cars goes through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon following heavy rain

A cars goes through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon following heavy rain

A lorry drives through a flooded road near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

A lorry drives through a flooded road near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Cars splash through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon

Cars splash through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon

The River Wear has burst its banks causing flooding as a bridge is overwhelmed near Esh Winning in County Durham today

The River Wear has burst its banks causing flooding as a bridge is overwhelmed near Esh Winning in County Durham today

A lorry travels through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon

A lorry travels through a flooded road at Seaton Delaval in Northumberland this afternoon

The Environment Agency has warned that water levels may remain high for several days, and there was a threat from flooding along the entire stretch of the River Thames between Reading and Windsor.

This included a flood risk at Sonning, where the waters lapped close to George and Amal Clooney’s Grade II-listed mansion – although the building, raised above the garden, seemed in little danger.

Snow and heavy rain are affecting parts of Britain today with Met Office warnings in place for the North and Scotland

Snow and heavy rain are affecting parts of Britain today with Met Office warnings in place for the North and Scotland

The Met Office expects Scotland’s highest ground exposed to strong easterly winds to see up to 1ft 8in (50cm) of snow by Saturday night, but ITV’s Good Morning Britain forecaster Laura Tobin said the figure could actually be closer to 3ft 4in (100cm).

Forecasters predict further wintry weather next week, with the potential for a ‘tremendous amount of snow’ in the West should an area of low pressure or future storm run up against very cold air.

Forecasters warned of maximum daytime temperatures potentially struggling to get above zero, and windchill lows below -10C in eastern England.

Today Met Office meteorologist Grahame Madge said the prolonged wet and wintry weather across northern England is due to a weather system stalling against an area of high pressure over Scandinavia. 

In central and southern England and Wales, today will be mostly fine and mild, with temperatures reaching up to 11C (52F), but with the chance of some showers.

The mix of sunshine and showers is likely to last through Friday into Saturday but the Scandinavian high pressure is then set to dominate into next week, bringing the freezing air – which follows the coldest January since 2010. 

Mr Madge said: ‘We are likely to see very cold conditions extend across the UK as a large high pressure area extends west. It’s a similar set-up to the Beast from the East in 2018 but the air is coming from the Baltic and Scandinavia rather than Siberia.’ 

The Environment Agency has issued 165 flood alerts (in amber) and 45 warnings (in red) which are spread across England

The Environment Agency has issued 165 flood alerts (in amber) and 45 warnings (in red) which are spread across England

Cars make their way through a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, this afternoon following heavy rain

Cars make their way through a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, this afternoon following heavy rain

Cars make their way down a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, this afternoon

Cars make their way down a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, this afternoon

A house sits in floodwater today on Laleham Reach in Chertsey, Surrey, after the banks of the River Thames burst

A house sits in floodwater today on Laleham Reach in Chertsey, Surrey, after the banks of the River Thames burst

A man walks through flood water today in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, after the banks of the River Thames burst

A man walks through flood water today in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, after the banks of the River Thames burst

A flooded road in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A flooded road in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A man walks through flood water in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A man walks through flood water in Laleham-on-Thames, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A house sits in flood water in Laleham Reach, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A house sits in flood water in Laleham Reach, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A statue outside a house which sits in flood water in Laleham Reach, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

A statue outside a house which sits in flood water in Laleham Reach, Surrey, today after the banks of the River Thames burst

Residential properties have flooded in Chertsey, Surrey, today after water levels along the River Thames rose overnight

Residential properties have flooded in Chertsey, Surrey, today after water levels along the River Thames rose overnight

A flooded garage in Chertsey, Surrey, this morning after the river level of the Thames rose overnight in the area

A flooded garage in Chertsey, Surrey, this morning after the river level of the Thames rose overnight in the area

Mr Madge said wintry showers could affect areas near the east coast, such as parts of Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and into Norfolk. 

‘The area of high pressure is likely to remain in situ with its duration extending as far ahead as we can see,’ he said. ‘It’ll present quite a shock to some people, with temperatures in the South being quite mild at present. We’re likely to have ice warnings, frosty nights, mist and fog.’

Mr Madge said the weather pattern would bring the risk of a future incoming area of low pressure creating a large amount of snow.

This would be similar to Storm Emma, which brought up to 25in (64cm) of snow to the Cotswolds when it ran into the Beast from the East three years ago.

He said: ‘As was the risk with the Beast from the East, we could get a storm coming in from the Atlantic like Ellen, which could bring a tremendous amount of snowfall.’ 

Fire crews descended on the village of Houghton in County Durham today after heavy rain overnight caused flooding

Fire crews descended on the village of Houghton in County Durham today after heavy rain overnight caused flooding

The adverse weather has seen emergency services arrive in the village of Houghton in County Durham amid flooding today

The adverse weather has seen emergency services arrive in the village of Houghton in County Durham amid flooding today

The River Wear has burst its banks causing flooding as a bridge is overwhelmed near Esh Winning in County Durham today

The River Wear has burst its banks causing flooding as a bridge is overwhelmed near Esh Winning in County Durham today

Heavy rainfall has caused the A19 northbound at Sunderland to be closed this morning because one of the lanes is flooded

Heavy rainfall has caused the A19 northbound at Sunderland to be closed this morning because one of the lanes is flooded

A van drives through floodwater in Sunderland this morning after the city experienced heavy rainfall overnight

A van drives through floodwater in Sunderland this morning after the city experienced heavy rainfall overnight

A JCB drives through floodwater in Sunderland this morning after the city was hit by heavy downpours overnight

A JCB drives through floodwater in Sunderland this morning after the city was hit by heavy downpours overnight

A car drives through floodwater in Sunderland today as the Environment Agency put out more than 200 alerts or warnings

A car drives through floodwater in Sunderland today as the Environment Agency put out more than 200 alerts or warnings

A car drives through floodwater in Sunderland today after a section of the A19 northbound had to be closed

A car drives through floodwater in Sunderland today after a section of the A19 northbound had to be closed 

A car in front of floodwater in Sunderland this morning after heavy overnight rainfall blocked part of the A19 northbound

A car in front of floodwater in Sunderland this morning after heavy overnight rainfall blocked part of the A19 northbound

A car is driven through floodwater in Sunderland today as parts of the country experienced further heavy rain

A car is driven through floodwater in Sunderland today as parts of the country experienced further heavy rain

A car splashes through floodwater in Sunderland today as the Environment Agency issued more than 200 alerts or warnings

A car splashes through floodwater in Sunderland today as the Environment Agency issued more than 200 alerts or warnings

A Labrador dog goes into the water in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning

A Labrador dog goes into the water in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning

A man takes his dog out for a walk on a dark, damp morning in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire today

A man takes his dog out for a walk on a dark, damp morning in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire today

A dog walker passes a flooded dip in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning

A dog walker passes a flooded dip in the woods at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning

Snow was so deep on the Cawdor Estate at Nairn in the Scottish Highlands yesterday that a 4x4 car could hardly be seen

Snow was so deep on the Cawdor Estate at Nairn in the Scottish Highlands yesterday that a 4×4 car could hardly be seen

Weather warnings have been issued for up to 1.2in (30mm) further rain across much of northern England and the Peak District through today and up to tomorrow lunchtime.

The heaviest of the rain is likely on high ground, whereas lower levels are due to receive only around 0.4in (10mm).

Yesterday, nearly six inches of snow brought chaos to many parts of northern England. Motorways ground to a halt and hundreds of schools, already teaching vastly reduced numbers, were shut.

Blizzards closed roads across the Pennines, including the M62, where a lorry jack-knifed. On the A50 near East Midlands airport, a truck overturned, shedding its load of toilet rolls.

There were severe delays on the M1 in Derbyshire after a five-vehicle collision near Chesterfield. Away from the motorways, towns and villages received a pretty covering, with the Met Office recording snowfall of 5.5in (14cm) at Bingley, West Yorkshire, by 9am. Bin collections were also cancelled and bus services delayed or rerouted.

During yesterday’s treacherous conditions, nearly 500 schools were shut across Yorkshire, mostly in Pennine areas, along with dozens more schools in East Lancashire and Oldham, Greater Manchester.

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