Heavy snow is falling across large parts of the UK with forecasters warning that rain and snow melt could lead to flooding.

Poor driving conditions have lead to collisions and delays on routes across the country.

The southbound M6 between junctions 28 and 27 saw long jams after a crash and drivers have had to take extra care on the M4 in Wales.

Manchester Airport was forced to close its runway for over an hour while snow was cleared and flights in and out of Leeds Bradford Airport were suspended.

The Met Office has 12 amber warnings in place from the Midlands up to central England, urging the public to be prepared for likely disruption caused by the heavy snow.

There are also a number of yellow warnings in Wales, southwest England and London and the South East.

Weather experts have warned of the risk of flooding on Saturday, as heavy rain moves in and rising temperatures spark a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.

In southwest Wales emergency services are already responding to a rise in calls as roads and properties become flooded.

There were also reports of flooding on the M5 between junction 25 for Taunton and junction 26.

The Environment Agency has four flood warnings in place, three for Wales and one for the South West.

A further 65 flood alerts have been issued, including 40 for the South West,15 for the South East and six for Wales.

A spokesman said: “Emergency teams from the Environment Agency will be out in force throughout the weekend to shore up defences, monitor river levels and clear blockages from watercourses.”

Temperatures will steadily rise from tomorrow to an average of 4C before reaching more than 10C in the south on Sunday followed by wet and windy weather next week.

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