These dramatic pictures show the extent of the flood chaos that gripped Britain on Friday as thousands attempted to head home for Christmas.

Commuters had their travel plans disrupted as a deluge of rain lashed the country on notorious Frantic Friday.

Heavy rain throughout the week forced the closure of motorways and railway lines, with the M23 shut in both directors.

Motorists attempting to get to airports saw their plans scuppered, with cars pictured bumper-to-bumper in horror queues on grid-locked carriageways.

Meanwhile, Southern train operators were forced to issue "do not travel" warnings as many tracks became swamped as the result of heavy downpours.

M23 flooded in both directions
M23 flooded in both directions

Many fed-up motorists took to Twitter to voice their anger at being stuck in traffic on one of the busiest days of the year for travel.

"3 hours so far on the M23 northbound and queuing to get off at Pease Pottage. Keep well away," one disgruntled driver wrote.

Over 30 million Brits will take to the roads this weekend, eager to beat queues as the big day approaches.

But it looks as though there could be more travel chaos on the way, with the Met Office forecasting more rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Floods in Lacock, Wiltshire, on December 20 2019
Floods in Lacock, Wiltshire, on December 20 2019

Two weather warnings are in place for the south of England both days, with London, Kent, Southampton, Portsmouth, Cornwall and Devon some of the major areas set to see downpours.

Up to 30mm of rain could fall in some areas, the Met Warned, with "flooding of a few homes and businesses likely."

Frant Station, East Sussex, facing severe delays on Waterloo Eastbound trains due to heavy rain
Frant Station, East Sussex, facing severe delays on Waterloo Eastbound trains due to heavy rain

Bus and train services will also probably be affected, the service added, with journey times taking longer.

A Met Office spokesman said: “More rain is coming from the south on Friday night and Saturday. Most of the rain will be in eastern parts, eastern England and Scotland, gradually improving throughout Saturday.”

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Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said the weather will ease off by Christmas Day.

He said: “It’ll feel a little more festive as we head into Christmas week, with colder temperatures and a return to frosts.”

Even when the weather starts to improve next week, Green Flag has warned there could be more than 126,000 breakdowns on UK roads before Christmas – or 15 a minute.

And travellers were warned to take care on the roads amid possible icy temperatures next week.