Wednesday, 03 March, 2021


United Kingdom ready for wrath of Storm Christoph with major incidents declared

Winter weather Jan 19th 2021 Winter weather Jan 19th 2021
Kristine Garrett | 21 January, 2021, 06:36

Met Éireann's Linda Hughes said: "On Wednesday, rain will become confined to the east and south where it will be heavy for a time near southeastern coasts".

Boris Johnson held a Cobra meeting about the floods as Downing Street said preparations were being stepped up for Covid-secure rest centres.

We're encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with heavy rain expected over the coming days.

Within the Amber warning area rainfall accumulations could reach up to 200mm in parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District, 40-70mm could be seen more widely.

Different parts of Northern Ireland and Wales would stay cloudy and there may be some bands of rain seen particularly in the Northern regions.

Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster, explained: "It's not a traditional sort of storm, it's going to be windy but it's not based on the wind strength at all, it's really down to the disruption that's being caused by rain".

In Greater Manchester, police said the Environment Agency's worst-case scenario suggested that up to 3,000 homes in Didsbury, Northenden and Sale were at risk of flooding. Flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, are in place from Cornwall to Northumberland.

Winter weather Jan 19th 2021
A road closed sign at a ford crossing near Middle Barton Oxfordshire on Tuesday

WIDESPREAD travel disruption is possible during "a period of disruptive snow" in Moray and Aberdeenshire, the Met Office has warned. It will be heaviest over the northern half of the country with a continued risk of localised flooding.

"Environment Agency teams are out on the ground clearing grilles, screens, deploying temporary flood defences and closing flood barriers", he concluded.

"We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water - it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your auto".

The Met Office has put the area on alert for Storm Christoph which is due to strike from 6am on Tuesday to noon on Thursday.

"These rainfall totals, combined with melting snow across the hills, present a real threat of flooding".

"As well as heavy rain, strong winds and the potential for snow and ice will add to the unsettled, blustery feel to the weather especially in higher and more exposed locations".

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