Heavy rain is forecast as we say goodbye to 2017

Jeannie Matthews
January 18, 2018

An amber warning of snow in West Yorkshire, the South Pennines and places such as Rochdale and Burnley is in place until 11am and a wider yellow warning for snow has been issued for southern and eastern Scotland, northern England and the Midlands until 3pm.

Another spell of rain is forecast for Saturday across England and Wales, and further rain looks to return across southern counties on Sunday and perhaps yet another spell of heavy rain in the far south Monday.

It is expected to be joined by fresh flurries this weekend, and a yellow weather warning for snow tomorrow has been issued by the Met Office.

A band of rain, sleet and snow will slowly clear east during Wednesday, with sunny but cold weather following.

Overnight temperatures dropped to -12.3C in Loch Glascarnoch in Scotland.

Shortly after 9am on Friday morning, Glasgow Airport said it was suspending all operations amid worsening conditions.

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"Gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour are likely quite widely in and near these showers, with 60mph gusts in places and close to 70mph at times in the most exposed coastal locations", the Met Office said.

Heavy rain, strong winds and heavy showers with hail and thunder for southern areas.

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Highways England issued a severe weather warning. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely, the Met Office warned. It urged people to plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and to pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.

Cumbria is expected to hit lows of -4C overnight, with parts of Scotland dropping as low as -13C.

An AA spokesman said it had dealt with 8,000 breakdowns by lunchtime, which was "significantly more than a normal Wednesday in winter".

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