UK weather – Brits could be hit by floods and power cut chaos before snowfall as temperatures plunge to -1C | The Sun

BRITS are bracing themselves for more floods and power cut chaos today before snow falls with temperatures potentially plunging to -1C.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for "persistent heavy rain" in parts of Wales and Southwest England.

It said some areas of higher ground may receive 70-90mm or more of rain, and downpours could flood properties and cause power cuts.

With flooding likely, the warning is in place until 5pm today.

Commuters have been warned that the relentless rain is likely to cause delays or cancellations on public transport.

While spray and flooding could lead to treacherous driving conditions and road closures, the forecaster added.

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45 flood alerts are in place in Wales with people being urged only to drive if "absolutely necessary" due to hazardous driving conditions.

Several roads have been closed as a result of flooding this morning, while train services also seeing major delays.

Heavy rain and gusts have battered the country this week with widespread reports of power cuts.

Thousands of homes were blacked out in the bad weather including almost 200 near Worcester, almost 130 in Exeter, Devon, and over 150 at Morecambe, Lancashire.

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And aerial photos taken yesterday showed Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire almost completely cut off by flood water.

The Environment Agency has issued 35 flood warnings and 114 flood alerts for areas across England where flooding is expected or possible.

They said it was monitoring flood levels and "operating flood gates and barriers at locations across the country", with work also under way to prevent blockages in waterways.

As we move into next week, bitterly cold conditions await, while snow is also a possibility.

Temperatures across the UK are expected to plummet with another big chill in store north of the border between Monday and Thursday.

The Met Office said: "There is a lot of uncertainty as we move into next week but there are signs of a brief colder spell which could see further snow showers."

It is understood snow could fall on the Scottish mountains before heading south if temperatures drop.

Weather specialists WXCharts forecast that snow will blanket the country on Monday, January 16.

The white stuff could continue to fall across Scotland for the rest of the week as temperatures return to below average.

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Some forecasters are also predicting that the UK could be hit by two days of snow, with flurries across Monday and Tuesday potentially becoming heavy in places.

Morning temperatures in the north and Midlands may struggle to get above freezing in the early morning, according to BBC Weather.

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