22 March 2013
Last updated at 07:13
Heavy rainfall is causing flooding in the south-west of England while snow has fallen across the UK, with more disruption expected later.
In Devon and Cornwall, homes have flooded and drivers have been rescued from their cars.
Flights at Leeds Bradford Airport have been grounded due to the weather.
The snow would cause travel disruption across northern parts of the UK on Friday, forecasters said, with some 20cm-40cm (8in-16in) falling in places.
In other developments:
- Schools have been closed in Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire due to snow
- In Scotland, heavy snow in Dumfries and Galloway is causing hazardous driving conditions
- Roads have been affected, with one lane of the M62 westbound between J25 A644 (Brighouse) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) blocked due to snow, and the M1 blocked in both directions in Derbyshire, six miles east of Chesterfield
- In Cornwall, areas including Newlyn, Penzance, Mevagissy and St Ives were flooded, with the fire service taking about 50 calls between 18:00 and 21:00 on Thursday. The A39 in Perranarworthal is closed at Norway Inn because of flooding
- Areas of Devon, including Ashburton, were also affected while, in two separate incidents in Plymstock, people were rescued by fire crews after being stuck in their cars in flood water
BBC forecasters said roads in northern parts of Wales, the Midlands into the Pennines, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland would be the worst affected on Friday, while gale force winds would blow snow and drifts across trans-Pennine routes.
Meanwhile, flooding will affect parts of southern Cornwall and Devon, with some areas seeing 50-75mm of rain falling in a 24-48-hour period.
Heavy snow could continue into Saturday and Sunday. The warnings come just over a week before the start of British Summer Time.
Sgt Dave Opara, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “There has been a considerable amount of rainfall across the force area.
“There will be more to come throughout the night so the situation is not going to get much better too soon.”
As well as setting flood warnings, which mean “flooding is expected, immediate action required,” in the South West, the Environment Agency also has 80 flood alerts, meaning “flooding is possible, be prepared,” across England.
Spokesman Ben Johnstone said: “We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for possible flooding.”
People should not try to wade or drive through any deep water, he added.
The Met Office has one amber warning, which means “be prepared,” for rain for some southern parts of Cornwall and Devon.
There are two amber warnings for snow in place, one for parts of the north Midlands, north-east Wales and north-west England, and another for parts of Northern Ireland.
There are also yellow warnings, meaning “be aware,” in place for areas including parts of eastern Scotland and parts of south-west Scotland.
Belfast International Airport has warned passengers there could be delays on Friday and Saturday because of heavy rain and snow.
Scotland has already borne the brunt of heavy snowfall, which made driving conditions hazardous and forced the closure of more than 100 schools earlier this week.
Transport Scotland urged fans travelling to the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Wales at Glasgow’s Hampden stadium on Friday night to check travel information throughout the day in case of disruption.
AA head of operations Darron Burness, meanwhile, has warned of “a real witches’ brew of driving wind, rain and snow” for drivers across the UK.
“Drivers should be well prepared as even short journeys can quickly turn bad,” he said.
“Wherever you’re going, take plenty of warm layers, check the travel reports before heading out and stick to the main roads where possible.”
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