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More flood warnings as snow and rain fall

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The forecast came as Environment Secretary George Eustice defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson for defying calls to visit flood-stricken areas.

Traffic drives through wintry conditions at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire

Snow and rain fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday morning as warnings of further flooding were issued.

Commuters were advised to expect traffic disruption as the new working week began.

Further south, a severe flood warning – meaning an imminent danger to life – continued for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, as the Environment Agency (EA) warned of ongoing flooding dangers across England.

The EA said in a statement that heavy rainfalls had caused the Severn’s levels to rise and “flooding of property is expected to continue”.

Weather warnings Monday February 24
(PA Graphics)

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow across all but the most northern areas of Scotland and Aberdeen until 10pm on Monday.

The Met Office said: “Here, two to five centimetres of snow is likely above 100 to 200 metres whilst above 300 metres 10 to 20cm snow may build up.”

Yellow warnings for rain and snow have been issued for Northern Ireland and northern England.

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna warned commuters to monitor the conditions for hazards, saying: “At the moment we’re seeing ice and frost overnight most nights, and there are going to be a lot of icy patches around this morning.

“People need to keep an eye out.”

The forecaster said there would be a temperature disparity on Monday as the mercury hovered around a “quite mild” 11-12C in the south of the UK and dipping to -6C in northern Scotland.

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Rain and snow were expected to push north and east across the country “before giving way to some brighter weather” across the south and west of Britain later in the day, Mr Petagna said.

As well as the severe flood warning for Shrewsbury, the EA had issued 92 flood warnings and 182 flood alerts as of Monday morning.

Warnings and alerts were in place from Cornwall to the Norfolk coast and from Dorset to the Scottish border.

A crashed car near Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire after overnight snow
A crashed car near Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire after overnight snow (Danny Lawson/PA)

An EA spokesman said ongoing flooding is possible for parts of the West Midlands, along the Severn and Wye and also in parts of the north of England, including in the lower River Aire in Yorkshire.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency said three flood warnings were in force on Monday morning with four further flood alerts.

And in Wales, there were nine flood warnings in force and 19 alerts.

While the extreme weather should settle down over Tuesday and Wednesday – accompanied by a notable dip in temperatures – the Met Office said further heavy rain is expected on Friday.

The bleak outlook follows more than a fortnight of downpours and flooding that started with Storm Ciara, continued with Storm Dennis and kept going with the weekend’s storms, which – contrary to some reports – have not been named by the Met Office.

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