Heavy rain and up to 10cm of snow to hit UK


Snow and torrential rain are set to blight this bank holiday Monday, with cold and wet weather expected to cause travel misery for many.

Easter holidaymakers have been warned of treacherous driving conditions, with five weather warnings in place across the UK.

Image:Flooding has already caused problems in Richmond, west London

Yellow "be aware" warnings for rain are in place across the southwest of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with up to 70mm (2.8ins) expected to fall in some areas.

This may result in localised flooding, with about 150 flood alerts and 15 flood warnings in place.

Snow is expected in the north of England, with the possibility of heavy snow over parts of Scotland.

Snow covered fields close to Nenthead, Cumbria
Image:Snow has fallen in Nenthead, Cumbria

Rural communities may become cut off, mainly across the northern Pennines and Scottish Borders, with "significant accumulations" of snow forecast.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "There are spells of rain and strong winds pushing north through today. As the rain hits colder air across the north there is the likelihood of hill snow too.

The Met Office has issued five yellow weather warnings
Image:The Met Office has issued five yellow weather warnings urging people to be aware

"The Met Office have yellow warnings in force all day for snow across central and southern Scotland, northern England and parts of the Midlands. Accumulations of up 5-10cm (2-4in) are likely over the high ground of these areas, and perhaps a couple of centimetres of wet snow to low levels.

"There are also yellow warnings for the rain across most of Wales, western England, central-southern and southeastern England, valid until 4pm. Northern Ireland has a separate yellow warning for the rain until 9am tomorrow. These areas are at risk of localised flooding and spray on roads."

More from Scotland

Those making their way home after visiting family over Easter have been advised to take extra care on the roads and warned that train services could be disrupted.

The AA has said it will be one of the busiest days on the roads in recent years.

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