Met Office issues severe rain warnings with mass flooding and disruption expected
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for two days of floods for parts of the north east of England, the Midlands and Wales.
A yellow warning forecasts heavy rain and a risk of deep and fast-flowing flooding risking a ‘danger to life’ for Yorkshire and the Humber and the East and West Midlands from Monday.
Yellow warnings for heavy rain and flooding are also in place for parts of Wales.
Melting snow in affected areas could cause surface flooding and slippery conditions, the warnings say.
The forecaster warned the heavy rain is expected to arrive in England’s north east and Wales later on Monday and could bring 48 hours of heavy downpours and floods.
The warnings say homes and businesses could be flooded, with up to 200mm of rain expected in the most exposed areas.
The forecaster is also warning of delays to bus, train and car travel due to the conditions.
Some communities could be cut off by flooded roads, the Met Office said.
It warned broad area of rainfall is forecast arrive across the regions late on Monday and remain across the area for around 36-48 hours.
Rainfall will be heaviest and most persistent in western-facing hills, the forecaster added.
There is a potential for up to 150-200mm of rainfall to deluge exposed and hilly areas of north west Wales, and north west England, its warning continued.
Significant snowfall is likely to linger on the Pennines on Monday, the Met Office said.
Flooding could be triggered by melting snowfall after the weekend’s dump, the alert continued.
People in parts of northern England, including Leeds, and as far south as London, Essex, Norfolk and Hertfordshire reported snow on Saturday morning.