Britain is bracing for thunderstorms tomorrow, with the Met Office issuing yellow snow and lightning warnings for parts of the UK and Scotland, brewing up to eight inches of white stuff on higher ground .
A yellow weather warning for the wind was in effect for North East England, Cumbria, North and East Yorkshire and parts of Scotland from 6am to 6pm today.
A second yellow warning for snow and lightning covers much of Scotland and Northern Ireland from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday – with the possibility of four to eight inches of snow accumulating on ground higher, strong gale winds and a chance that showers could be accompanied by frequent lightning.
Meanwhile, communities are urged to remain vigilant after approximately 400 properties were flooded following storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin over the past week.
In Bewdley, Worcestershire, search and rescue teams were out checking properties and talking to residents on Wednesday after temporary flood defenses breached following heavy rain yesterday afternoon.
Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said there was nothing over the next four to five days to suggest the UK could see another named storm, but forecasters would be looking to see what was growing over the Atlantic.
A second yellow warning for snow and lightning covers much of Scotland and Northern Ireland from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday. Pictured: A walker crosses the Wet Sleddale Bridge early Wednesday with an excessive spill at Cumbria Reservoir
A yellow weather warning for the wind was in effect for North East England, Cumbria, North and East Yorkshire and parts of Scotland from 6am to 6pm today. Pictured: Walkers brave windy conditions on Tynemouth Longsands beach today
Meanwhile, communities are urged to remain vigilant after approximately 400 properties were flooded following storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin over the past week. Pictured: Search and rescue teams check residents of Bewdley today
Forecasters said there was a chance of four to eight inches of snow accumulating on higher ground, strong gale force winds and a chance of showers with frequent lightning.
The weather service predicts ‘frequent heavy snow showers’ tomorrow, saying it is possible vehicles will be stranded and journey times will be affected.
He added that there was a low probability of power outages and rural communities were isolated, while lightning presented “a low risk of injury and danger of death”.
The latest warnings come after the River Severn peaked on Wednesday afternoon, with levels expected to remain high for an extended period and a severe flood warning is still in place.
Dan Bond, flood manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘We still face a significant risk of flooding and we urge people to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution.
“Last weekend’s heavy rain over already wet areas continues to cause flooding along the River Severn and is expected to continue over the next few days.”
Ross Donnelly, station manager for the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘We advise you check before you travel, don’t be tempted to drive past ‘road closed’ signs or move barriers of ‘road closed’, which we saw earlier in the day and it resulted in a number of rescues that could have been avoided.
Nick Green, area incident manager for the West Midlands Environment Agency, said it had been “incredibly scary” for the community of Bewdley.
He said: “We could really see the anxiety and worry they had knowing the river was going to rise and the impact it could have on their lives.”
Strong winds tipped over two containers at Pink Self Storage in Swansea. Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said there was nothing over the next four to five days to suggest the UK could see another named storm
Bewdley in Worcestershire today where flood waters from the River Severn breached the town’s flood defenses
A man throws a bucket of water from the door of a house in Bewdley in Worcestershire this morning
This is the fourth year in a row that the city has been flooded, with temporary flood defenses also failing during Storm Christoph last January.
Mr Green said plans for permanent flood defenses at Beales Corner in the city were underway.
He said: “We want to make this system permanent so that the community behind Beales Corner here in Bewdley can feel confident that they can live here without any impact from the River Severn flowing through their neighborhood.”
Further up the river in Ironbridge, Shropshire, the council leader said the water was only 20cm from the barriers.
Councilor Shaun Davies, of Telford and Wrekin Council, said: “It is only by the grace of God that these barriers have not been overcome again.”
An aerial view of the temporary flood defenses at Bewdley in Worcestershire this morning which were breached
Flooded properties next to the River Severn today following high winds and wet weather in Ironbridge, Shropshire
Temporary flood barriers hold back flood water from the River Severn this morning in Ironbridge, Shropshire
“This is the third year in a row that these barriers have come under strain and we will be lobbying the government over the coming weeks and months for a more permanent solution.”
A council spokesman said: ‘Although he did not breach the defences, the area is still badly affected by flood water and Environment Agency pumps are on hand to reduce as much the impact as possible.”
A severe flood warning remains in place for the Ironbridge wharf due to fears the temporary barrier system could fail.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there were 52 flood warnings, meaning flooding was expected, and 43 flood warnings, where flooding is possible, in place.
The Met Office said the weather is expected to remain unsettled for the next few days.
Mr Miles said: ‘For areas affected by flooding, this will remain the case for the next two days, but no further impacts are expected outside of these areas.’
“There will be rain in the central and southern regions on Thursday, so we will see wet weather but not huge amounts of additional rain.”