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Met Office weather warnings TODAY: Latest updates as snow, ice and flood chaos continues

While severe flooding continues in the midlands, the nation has been struck by an extreme icy spell, with snow and sleet showers right into southern England. The Met Office has issued warnings blanketing much of the UK on Thursday, while the rest of the week will not be spared the extreme conditions either.

Today’s weather warnings

Two yellow warnings are in place - one for snow, and one for snow and ice.

The snow warning covers a large chunk of Wales and southern England, including London.

This warning is in place until midday on Thursday, and forcers up t0 3cm of snow in parts.

The snow and ice warning expires at 10am on Monday, but could very well be extended as the icy spell shows no signs of lifting.

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Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: Snow, ice and rain warnings have been issued (Image: Met Office/WXCharts)

Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: Thursday's warnings (Image: Met Office )

Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: Friday and Saturday's warnings (Image: Met Office )

This warning runs right from the nethermost tip of Scotland down over Northern Ireland and into Birmingham.

Areas under this warning could see heavy snow, with up to four inches (10cm) possible in higher regions.

For the rest, wintry showers will pose a slip hazard.

The Met Office said: “Showers will fall as a mixture of hail, sleet and snow.

“This will leave surfaces wet, leading to icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces.”

Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: Snow accumulation forecast for the coming 24 hours (Image: Windy)

Warnings for the rest of the week

Into Friday and Saturday, yellow warnings for heavy rain are expected, with flood-stricken areas remaining vulnerable.

The warning covers two regions in Wales and the Midlands.

This will not be welcome news to residents in regions still reeling from massive flooding in recent weeks.

There are fears Shropshire and Worcestershire, where evacuations have been taking place, will be further affected following heavy rain in Wales.

On Wednesday, barriers holding back the River Severn at Ironbridge buckled and water seeped underneath.

The River Severn also breached defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss, from West Mercia Police, told a press conference on Wednesday evening the force anticipated its presence on the ground will “continue for the next 10 days” at least.

Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: The winter forecast for Thursday (Image: WXCharts)

Met Office weather warnings today

Met Office weather warnings today: Flood warnings in place (Image: EA)

He said emergency crews also remain on the ground in “many places that are still flooded and have been for some time”.

A severe flood warning - meaning danger to life - remains in place for the Wharfage area of Ironbridge - while 91 flood alerts and 132 flood warnings are also in place across England.

The Environment Agency estimated that up to 500 tonnes of water was coursing past Ironbridge's flood defences every second.

Levels have since dropped by just over 40cm in the town and are also down by 80cm in Shrewsbury.