UK: Heavy snow to bring risk of disruption on Friday (180113) – 170113 1110z

The Met Office is warning of the risk of disruption as heavy snow is forecast across many parts of the UK on Friday.

Snow in Exeter street December 2010

A band of rain will push into the west into Friday morning, turning increasingly to sleet and snow. Parts of northwest England, Wales and the west midlands are particularly at risk of seeing significant falls of snow and the risk of blizzard conditions in the strong winds.

Photo: #Severe #Weather #News/AMBER EARLY WARNING of #SNOW for #Northwest #England, W #Midlands & E #Wales.As the weather breaks down, an area of snow looks increasingly likely to spread from the southwest. Winds will strengthen and blizzard conditions are likely, especially over high ground. Accumulations of more than 10-15 cm of snow could well occur quite widely, with the risk of 25 cm or more over high ground.Clearly there is the potential for some severe disruption, and the public are advised to watch for updates to this warning and to be prepared to alter travel plans.Valid from 0400 until 1800 Friday.Met Office Severe Weather Warningshave been issued for the heavy snow. An amber warning is in place for parts of Wales and western England where accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are expected and 20 cm or more over the hills.

Met Office weather warnings help you plan, prepare and protect yourself and others from the impacts of severe weather. An amber warning means you need to be prepared for the weather and take steps to change your plans and protect you, your family and your community from the impacts of the severe weather.

Whilst snow will fall over most areas, the far west, including Northern Ireland, Cornwall and extreme western parts of Wales are expected to see rain.

Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The snow is expected to be heaviest through Friday morning, slowly weakening and clearing east during the second half of the day.

“Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to peoples plans. We should all keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, advice from local agencies and be prepared to change our travel plans if necessary.”


Expected snow accumulations between 0600 and midnight on Friday 18th Jan 2013

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, said: “With the outlook remaining cold, drivers need to be prepared for possible disruption.

“Before heading out, check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don’t want to rush on potentially icy roads. Do the basic checks on your car and, in case of any problems, carry plenty of warm clothing, blankets, de-icer and scraper, some food, hot flask and a fully-charged mobile.”

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the Highways Agency‘s National Traffic Operations Centre said: “We advise drivers to check road conditions and the Met Office weather forecast before they set off and during severe weather to consider whether their journey is essential. They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve and to allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads.

“Our traffic officers are working round the clock to monitor the network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving.”

Over the weekend we will see less severe conditions but further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow are expected to push in from the west at times. The snow that has fallen will be slow to melt and ice will continue to be a risk, especially at night.

By thinking ahead we can all be better prepared for severe weather. Throughout the winter, the Met Office works with agencies across the UK to help keep the country safe, well and on the move.” – Met Office 16 January 2013

Flash flooding in Derbyshire – Published 6 July 2012 1515 GMT/UTC

Parts of Derbyshire have been hit by flash flooding after heavy rainfall overnight. Breadsall, Beeley and Glutton Bridge are all affected as well as Ockbrook where a primary school was evacuated.

(Photo: BBC News)
Breadsall is one of several villages affected by flooding
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The Environment Agency has issued a warning for people to be prepared as more heavy rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours. Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked after being flooded and there are problems on the A38 near Little Eaton.

Jackie Evans, chair of Beeley Parish Council, said: “I’ve never seen the speed of it – that was the frightening thing. “The road was just a complete river. “The house opposite has some pots in front and they were just floating down the drive.”

Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked in both directions between the Kedleston Road junction and the A52 Ashbourne Road junction. Moor Lane in Breadsall is also flooded near its junction with Church Lane and there are reports of considerable surface water at the A515 near Sudbury and the A52 near Brailsford.

Derby’s Gay Pride event, planned for Saturday, and a T20 cricket match between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, due to take place later, have been postponed.

The average monthly rainfall for the Midlands in July is about 60mm and between 20 and 60mm is predicted to fall within a few hours.

Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 12:28 (12:28 PM) UTC RSOE


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Flash Flooding in Cork, Ireland – Published 28 June 2012 1250 GMT/UTC


17 NOV 2012: People still clicking on to this page, please note this is now well out of date!


Large areas of Cork city and county are under several feet of water this morning, after a night of heavy rain.

Heavy flooding along Clarke St and Casement St in Clonakilty, Co Cork
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Douglas Village was left under two feet of water after the torrential downpour. Other badly affected areas include, include Togher, the Kinsale Road, the South Ring Road, Blackpool, Clonakilty and Ballyvolane.

Some parts of the city have been left without electricity.  ESB Networks is appealing to residents all over Cork to conserve electricity today, as they try to get customers back online after power outages caused by flooding. full story

Heavy rain has also caused flooding in other areas of the country, including Kildare, Westmeath, Tipperary and the North.

Met Eireann has issued a flood alert to more than a dozen county councils with 70mm of rain forecast to fall in parts of Munster, Connacht, south Leinster and the midlands up to noon today.

Gardai in Anglesea Street wish to advise motorists of the following traffic restrictions:

City Centre in Cork – is passable.

Douglas – passable, heavy traffic and water is subsiding.

Blackpool – both sides of the Church impassable.

Mallow Road – passable.

Sarfields Roundabout – impassable.

Viaduct – a stop & go system is in operation.

Glanmire – impassable.

Thursday, 28 June, 2012 at 11:30 (11:30 AM) UTC RSOE

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UK: There are 160 FLOOD ALERTS current in force across England and Wales


35  in the Southwest

37 in the Southeast

11 in the Northeast

41 in the Midlands

25 in Anglia

Wales: 8 in Wales

Flooding is possible. Be prepared

Details here (updated every 15 min)

UK: There are 22 FLOOD WARNINGS current in force across England


14 in the Southwest

2 in the Northeast

2 in the Midlands

4 in Anglia

Flooding is expected. Immediate action required

Details here (updated every 15 min)