BRITS have been warned of flooding as heavy rain and melting snow combine with 23 warnings and 100 alerts in place.
Fears that homes could be hit and lives could be at risk are growing as the country prepares to be battered with three days of rainfall.
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A woman tried to clear heavy snow in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, before going to workCredit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images
London has been hit by snow – with a Hampstead resident taking an early-morning walk through a blizzardCredit: London News Pictures
In Leeds a car lay abandoned in a ditch after skidding on ice and snowCredit: Ben Lack
A cyclist pedalled through heavy snowfall in north LondonCredit: London News Pictures
Residents of London awoke to a blizzard early this morningCredit: London News Pictures
Little ones in Kent put on their winter jackets and enjoyed a sledge ride this morningCredit: (c) UkNewsinPictures
Winter weather and snow hits the Peak District, DerbyshireCredit: Rachel Rennie/Triangle News
Treacherous driving conditions led to crashes in Snetterton, NorfolkCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
An Essex dog enjoyed a snowy walkCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
The country has been blanketed with snowCredit: Scott Huntley/HVC
Forecasters had earlier said towns in Essex, Hertfordshire and East Anglia could be “cut off” as three inches of snow fell. Now, three days of heavy rain are predicted – with a slew of flood warnings issued.
But the weather is set to get milder – and much wetter.
‘DANGER TO LIFE’
The Met Office has now issued a series of warnings for deluges on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – and experts have told Brits: “Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.”
Wales is set to see the worst of the rain, although millions of people in the north-west and South Yorkshire will also take a hit.
Tonight, 23 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is needed – are in place, largely across East.
A further 100 flood alerts have also been issued – meaning flooding is possible and the public should be prepared.
Experts say low pressure systems will move in from the Atlantic – bring with them “heavy and prolonged rainfall”.
That, combined with melting snow, is “likely to lead to flooding”, forecasters say.
It follows days of yellow and amber weather warnings for snow and ice across the UK, with up to 10cm – or almost four inches – expected in some areas in the north.
Snow even hit London today as drivers were faced with “horrendous” conditions during snowstorms in the Home Counties.
Areas around the M25 were blasted with up to 3.2 inches of the white stuff today, forecasters said.
Parts of Essex and East Angelia were particularly badly affected in the south, with people living in Chelmsford and Norwich among those warned to expect heavy snow.
But millions of people across the country, from the Highlands of Scotland in the north to Ashford in Kent in the south, have been hit today.
Forecasters said it was likely people in some areas of the east could be completely cut off by snowfall.
The Met Office said yesterday: “There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.
“Power cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.”
The cold weather will make a return soon, it’s believed – and forecasters say the UK will be hit by a Scandinavian blast next week.
Luke Miall of the Met Office said: “We’ve seen rain and snow through the night.
“We have also seen snow across eastern counties, as well as further north – including Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and up towards Scotland, although this has turned into rain.
Heavy snow hit Hertfordshire overnightCredit: ISO Images
Conditions in Northumberland were dangerous for drivers todayCredit: North News and Pictures
Radlett, Bushey, Watford, Borehamwood and Elstree in the county all have snow this morningCredit: BKT Disclaimer: Whilst BKT IMAGES Ltd uses its’ best endeavours to establish the and auth
A dog owner tried to encourage her pet off an icy pond in LeedsCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Luckily the stranded pup was rescuedCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Cars in Hampstead, London were covered in snow this morningCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Snow this morning in Hemel Hempstead, HertfordshireCredit: Max Butterworth
A Kent postie braved the chill in shorts Credit: James Whatling
Meanwhile a postie in Chelmsford battled the snow to collect mailCredit: Scott Huntley/HVC
“Snow in south-east England – particularly West London into western parts of East Anglia – cleared between late morning and early afternoon.
“However, there’s still potential for more snow in a few places – we could see 10cm in some areas.”
Mr Miall said freezing winds will sweep in towards the end of next week – amid fears Brits could see a second Beast from the East.
“There are currently no signs of strong easterly winds, like we had in the previous Beast,” he said.
“We’ll see a slightly milder blip for few days – but then there are some signs we could see a more northerly wind in latter stages of next week.
“That’ll come in from Scandinavia and the north.”
The blast will being a change to the forecast – with much colder weather predicted in late January and early February.
“It might not be a typical Beast, but we could still see an increased threat of wintry weather, like snow, ice and frost,” he said.
Leading bookmaker Coral is as short as 4-9 for this winter to end as the coldest on record – and the firm go 1-2 for this month to be the coldest January since records began.
Drivers on the roads in the early hours warned of treacherous conditions on the M40 towards London.
One Twitter user said they’d faced a “horrendous journey into London”.
“Crashed car across carriageway north of Cherwell Services on M40,” they said.
Garrison town Catterick in North Yorkshire saw plenty of snow Credit: PA:Press Association
Emma McPartland and Hannah Coulthart took their sledge to the golf course in Gleneagles, Perthshire Credit: PA:Press Association
A jogger tackles snowy pavements in Kent Credit: London News Pictures
Driving conditions in Colchester, Essex are tricky this morning Credit: East News Press Agency
The southern country has been transformed into a winter wonderlandCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
But elsewhere, residents have faced flooding – including in parts of Essex Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC
The freezing weather didn’t stop these hardy Southend locals taking a socially-distanced sea dipCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A golden sunset lit up Bournemouth beach yesterdayCredit: Alamy Live News
“Further south, carriageway surface dangerous with falling snow.”
Yesterday, temperatures plummeted to lows of -11.8C at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire.
It was the coldest temperature recorded in England since January 31, 2019, when -13.2C was recorded in County Durham.
Chief Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale, said: “While the high ground in the north is likely to see the largest accumulations, some snow is likely to fall to low levels at times.
“In fact, parts of east England and East Anglia look most at risk of seeing 1-3cm with 5-10cm possible in places.
“The milder air will eventually win out with the initial snow gradually turning to rain.
“This may also bring some flooding issues following recent wet weather and with snow then melting – though the snow looks to be the greater hazard.”
Earlier this week, a major incident was declared by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service after heavy snow and a surge in patient demand hit hard.
Meanwhile, early risers were seen scooping snow from their driveways in County Durham, as drivers battled to steer through the white stuff in Northumberland and Yorkshire.
One driver suffered the worst of the treacherous conditions, their car pictured smashed up against a tree in Leeds.
And terrifying footage showed a bus spinning down a hill in Halifax, West Yorks.