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UK weather – Heavy snow up to 10cm deep to hit Britain this weekend with Met Office warnings for London and south

BRITAIN is set for up to 10cm of snowfall this weekend as the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for London and the South of England. 

The cold snap comes after large swathes of the country were battered by torrential rainfall during Storm Christoph. 

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The Met Office has warned that weather will turn “more wintry” this weekend as the Storm moves eastwards, with a new yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place for the weekend.

The warning stretches across all of Wales, London, the South West and the South East, and runs from 3am to 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Met Office, the cold snap this weekend could bring up to 10cm of snow to hard-hit areas, with travel disruption expected.

The warning reads: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services with the potential for some roads to become blocked on higher level routes.”

Weather charts also show temperatures plummeting to -2C in London and much of the South East on Sunday. 

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said the weather would take a “wintry” turn following days of heavy rainfall during Storm Christoph.

He said: “It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly that will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week.

“I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we've had we may well see some icy patches.”

According to the Met Office, a band of rain will cross the west of southwest of England on Sunday that will turn to snow as it moves eastwards. 

Up to 3cm of snow could settle, but areas of the country above 100m could see as much as 5-10cm of white stuff. Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia could see as much as 15cm.

It comes as Storm Christoph wreaked havoc across the UK yesterday, with large swathes of the country hit by severe flooding.

Police in Cheshire, where more 150 residents were evacuated in the past 48 hours, said today that they were continuing to support communities in the region impacted by the severe flooding.

Meanwhile, local leaders sought to assure residents in York, which was battered by torrential rain yesterday, that flood defences would hold later on today with the River Ouse due to peak at 15ft.

Over more than a month’s rain fell in just 56 hours yesterday in hard-hit areas, turning rivers into raging torrents.

Two thousand homes in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, were evacuated and residents relocated to nearby leisure centres and hotels.

A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared in the road in Gorton, Manchester, bringing two homes crumbling to the ground.

And heavy rainfall prompted fears of a landslip in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire as a house was seen dangling on the edge of a bank on the River Colne.

In Wales, more than six emergency service vehicles were called to the banks of the River Taff at Blackweir after a walker spotted a body.

Rescue teams were scouring the riverbank - but the flooded river was hampering the search.

Environment Secretary George Eustace said the flooding was a “real tragedy” for residents in hard-hit areas - but warned of further rainfall next week. 

He told BBC Breakfast: “We are particularly monitoring the situation in Yorkshire as the water moves through those river systems and, of course, preparing as well for next week where later next week more rain is expected."

UK weather forecast for Friday 22 January: Snow showers and risk of ice with sub zero temperatures

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