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UK weather forecast – Storm Christoph to bring more snow and -7C ice to flood-ravaged country

CHILLY weather will hit the UK on Friday, with more snow and temperatures dipping to -7C in the wake of Storm Christoph's flooding.

"There's colder weather in store for many as Storm Christoph pulls away from the UK," said the Met Office.

BBC Weather warned that on Friday night, the mercury will plunge to a bone-chilling -7C.

The Met Office has issued yellow snow and ice warnings for Friday, adding that "heavy snow and strong winds will bring blizzard conditions at times and cause travel disruption. Ice will be an additional hazard in places."

It comes amid hundreds of flood alerts, after Storm Christoph resulted in a man drowning in an overflowing river, while a sinkhole swallowed two houses in Manchester.

About 2,000 properties in the East Didsbury, West Didsbury and Northenden areas of Manchester were evacuated amid rising water levels.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • FRIDAY'S WEATHER WARNINGS AT A GLANCE

    There are still yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and rain for the UK on Friday in the wake of Storm Christoph.

    The Met Office says that "heavy snow and strong winds will bring blizzard conditions at times and cause travel disruption.

    "Ice will be an additional hazard in places."

  • FLOODING FEARS FOR SOUTH OF ENGLAND

    There's colder weather in store for many as Storm Christoph pulls away from the UK and rainfall starts to ease, although river levels in parts of the UK could continue to rise for a little time to come, says the Met Office.

    Flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, Craig Woolhouse, said that recent rain could bring [more] flooding to parts of Yorkshire on Friday.

    "There’s also a chance of localised flooding of land and roads across parts of the South of England on Saturday due to further rain."

    The cold weather stays throughout the weekend and into next week with some sunny spells and wintry showers, mainly in the north and north west.

  • MORE CHALLENGING WEATHER FOR SCOTLAND

    In Scotland, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: "Storm Christoph is likely to bring another period of challenging weather to parts of Scotland over the next few days, particularly in the north and north-east.

    "The current Covid restrictions mean you should only be leaving your home for an essential purpose, so please consider if your journey is absolutely necessary before setting off.

    "The forecast snow has potential to cause difficult driving conditions and disruption to the wider transport network, so if you have to make an essential journey during the warning period it's important you plan your journey, drive to the conditions and follow Police Scotland travel advice."

  • FLOODING FEARS FOR YORKSHIRE & NW ENGLAND

    The Met Office warned that a further 2in of rain would follow on Friday.

    And the Environment Agency said: "People living in the north west of England and Yorkshire and are being urged to prepare for the risk of significant flooding into the weekend."

    Craig Woolhouse, flood duty manager at the agency, added: "Exceptionally high river levels could bring flooding to parts of Yorkshire on Friday, with a risk of damage to buildings in some communities.

    "There’s also a chance of localised flooding of land and roads across parts of the South of England on Saturday due to further rain."

  • WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

    Friday night will be "very cold" says BBC Weather, as temperatures plummet to -7C.

    Fog is possible first thing Saturday morning, with wintry showers forecast for the UK.

    Snow is also possible on low levels, with top temperatures no more than 2-7C during the day.

    After a chilly Saturday night, snow is forecast to fall on Sunday, including in southern England "even on low levels".

  • UK FLOODING LATEST

    Although the rain from Storm Christoph has eased off for now, "flooding will remain a concern for the next few days, because all of the water has to get through the river systems," says BBC Weather.

    The Environment Agency's updated flood alert website shows that there is just one 'danger to life' severe flood warning.

    There are also 169 flood warnings, where people should "take immediate action" as "flooding is expected".

    Plus, 176 'be prepared' flood alerts have been activated by the EA.

  • TWO HOMES COLLAPSE IN STORM CHRISTOPH SINKHOLE

    Two homes collapsed in a Storm Christoph sinkhole today as the storm wreaked havoc across the UK, with large swathes of the country hit by severe flooding.

    Two houses were destroyed, and four affected in total, on Walmer Street, Abbey Hey, Gorton, reported the Manchester Evening News.

    Shocking footage shows the front of terraced houses collapsing as a man's voice can be heard shouting "get back!".

    The properties sank into the ground, sending debris flying into neighbours down the street.

  • SNOW ON THE WAY

    It's "turning colder this weekend with the possibility of snow in central and southern areas on Sunday," according to BBC Weather.

  • STORM CHRISTOPH FLOODING EVACUATIONS

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue said it had rescued 21 people by boat from Lea Court nursing home in the town of Warrington.

    Residents were evacuated, too, in the Didsbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester.

    Superintendent Julie Westgate, from Cheshire police, said people had also been evacuated in Warrington, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Tattenhall.

  • MORE THAN 160 FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE IN ENGLAND

    Three of these are  "severe" warnings — meaning danger to life —  issued for parts of the North West.

    A severe flood warning has been issued for the English River Dee at Farndon in Cheshire, where water levels are expected to peak on Thursday afternoon, according to the Environment Agency.

    It said that the "flooding of property is imminent" and that staff were closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels.

    In Northwich, roads into the town centre were closed and pedestrians were asked to avoid the area due to footpaths being "under numerous inches of water", police said.

  • CARE HOME RESIDENTS EVACUATED AFTER STORM CHRISTOPH FLOODING

    Dozens of care home residents were among people evacuated to safety after Storm Christoph brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of northern England.

    Homes were deluged following heavy rainfall and snow showers in Cheshire, with roads disrupted and residents in the county warned that river levels were still rising today.

    About 40 residents were assisted out of the Weaver Court care home in Northwich, Cheshire, by fire crews with dinghies on Thursday afternoon, as most of the town centre laid underwater.

    Neighbourhood policing inspector for Northwich Jason Murray said: "A decision was made earlier this morning with ourselves and our emergency service partners that it was necessary to evacuate the residents of Weaver Court for their own safety and principally because the electricity to the premises has had to be isolated because of rising water levels."

  • COLD COMFORT

  • WINTRY SHOWERS FOR FRIDAY

    There'll be wintry showers on Friday, with snow showers in northern Scotland "through the day" says BBC Weather.

    Rain, sleet and snow will hit Northern Ireland and north-west England, while wintry showers are forecast for Wales and south-west England tomorrow.

    Further east it's likely to be dry with "spells of sunshine".

    But it'll be windy, especially in Scotland, and temperatures will range from 4-8C across the UK.

  • TEMPS PLUNGE TO FREEZING TONIGHT

    Storm Christoph brought more than a month's worth of rain to some places over the past few days, says BBC Weather.

    "Relentless", heavy rain particularly affected north Wales and north England.

    Snow followed, though in Scotland - with more to come tonight.

    Also Thursday night, ice will be a concern across the UK - especially along the west, with temperatures plummeting to around freezing, or below.

  • STORM CHRISTOPH BRINGS UP TO 164MM RAIN

    The Met Office has released figures for rainfall during Storm Christoph from Tuesday until 6am Thursday...

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