/UK storm LIVE: Widespread snow to hit UK in DAYS – Latest maps, charts and warnings

UK storm LIVE: Widespread snow to hit UK in DAYS – Latest maps, charts and warnings

Met Office weather warnings remain in place following the arrival of Storm Dennis this weekend, along with a number of flood warnings and alerts across the country. Dennis arrived hot on the tails of Storm Ciara, who brought widespread travel disruption and flooding to the UK. 


Key Points

  • Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place for much of the UK today (Monday).
  • Major flooding and landslide incidents declared in south Wales and parts of England this weekend.
  • Almost 500 flood warnings and alerts issued by Environment Agency, including five severe ‘danger to life’ warnings.
  • With “unsettled” weather patterns forecast for the coming weeks, there are fears for the development of Storm Ellen.

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UK storm LIVE: Storm Ellen fears after Storm Dennis blasted UK with wind and rain – latest updates (Image: GETTY – GOV.UK)

2.48am update: Flood damage continues from Storm Dennis, as more residents forced to abandon homes and body of dead woman found

Residents have been advised to leave their homes in parts of Worcestershire as the River Severn burst its banks.

More than 200 flood warnings are in place across England, Wales and Scotland, including nine severe – or “danger to life” – warnings for the rivers Lugg, Severn, Wye and Trent.

A body has been found after a woman was swept away in Worcestershire.

Yvonne Booth, 55, was swept into floodwater after her car became stuck near Tenbury Wells, West Mercia Police said.

1.07am update: Homes evacuated after flood warnings

Homes have been evacuated in Monmouth, Wales, after a flood alert for the River Wye was declared.

Water levels are predicted to reach 7.2 metres when the peak passes through the Monmouthshire county town between 3am and 7am on Tuesday.

11.46pm update: Met Office issyes further weather warnings

The Met Office has issued more weather warnings for the next four days, as there appears to be no respite in the bad weather currently buffeting the UK.

A biting frost, gale force winds as well as snow and ice are ALL predicted.

Snow and ice will affect Scotland, in particular the areas of Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Southwest Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

This is likely to cause serious travel disruption during Mionday night through to Tuesday morning

Additional reporting by Liam Doyle

10.54pm update: BBC weather looks at tomorrow’s weather

The BBC forecast for tomorrow reads: “Blustery showers for the north and west, some wintry on hills.

“A largely dry start with sunny spells elsewhere, but further rain may push in from the west in the afternoon. Chiller and blustery.”

10.15pm update: Latest flood warnings for England

There are currently a total of 428 flood warnings and alerts in place across England.

At the time of writing, there are 233 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, 188 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and seven severe flood warnings, meaning severe flooding is occurring and there is danger to life.

The severe flood warnings are in place for:

  • River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
  • River Severn at New Street, Upton upon Severn
  • River Severn at Uckinghall
  • River Severn at Waterside, Upton upon Severn
  • River Trent at Burton upon Trent
  • River Wye at Blackmarstone, Hereford
  • River Wye at Hampton Bishop

UK flood warnings

UK storm LIVE: Flood warnings and alerts are in place up and down the country (Image: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY)

10.11pm update: Are we having more storms?

According to the Met Office, stormy weather is not unusual in the winter and we only need to go back to the winter of 2013/14 to see a similarly stormy winter.

The forecaster said: “Overall, the period from mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 saw at least 12 major winter storms, and, when considered overall, this was the stormiest period of weather the UK has experienced for at least 20 years.

“We have seen comparable or more severe storms in recent years, including January 3, 2012 and 8 December 2011, each of which caused widespread impacts.”

9.25pm update: What will the weather be like this week?

According to the Met Office, Tuesday will be another windy day with a “mixture of sunny spells and showers”.

The forecaster says the rain will be heavy at times with hail and thunder in a few spots

In the Met Office’s outlook for Wednesday to Friday rain will be spreading east, heavy in western areas.

On Thursday, the weather will be less unsettled and clear to sunshine and showers on Thursday.

Further rain is spreading southeast on Friday with gales developing across many places.

8.54pm update: Will Storm Ellen soon be named?

Storm Dennis was latest Atlantic weather system to hit the UK and another could soon be on the way.

However two names have been announced by the Met Office in close succession, prompting fears of a possible third named storm in the coming weeks.

If another weather system is deemed strong enough to be a storm, its name has been predetermined.

Read more about the potential of Storm Ellen developing in the near future here.

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UK storm LIVE: More snow could fall in Britain this week (Image: WXCHARTS)

8.29pm update: Widespread snow to hit

Weather forecasters with WXCharts, a mapping agency which uses data from MetDesk, found a concoction of conditions will descend on the UK by Thursday.

According to the mappers, snow, wind and minus temperatures will come just days after Storm Dennis has dissipated.

From 6pm on February 20, people in most parts of the UK could see the mercury plummet to -4C or lower, with minimum temperatures of -7.

The day after, another plume of wind will streak across the country.

Read more about the latest snow forecast here.

7.56pm update: Where will it snow this week?

The Met Office has issued two warnings for snow and ice over the next couple of days.

The yellow warnings for snow and ice will be in effect until 11am on Tuesday morning.

The Met Office says to expect “some travel disruption” with roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times.

There will also probably be some “icy patcher on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”

In a statement, the agency said: “Frequent showers will turn increasingly wintry through Monday evening, allowing snow to settle on some higher routes.

“One to two cm is likely above around 200m, with three to five cm possible above 400m.

“Showers will be accompanied by strong westerly winds which may lead to some drifting. Ice may also form on untreated surfaces.”

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UK storm LIVE: The Met Office has issued warnings for snow and ice (Image: MET OFFICE)

7.20pm update: Woman swept away by Dennis found dead

A woman who was swept away by Storm Dennis has been found dead, police have confirmed.

Yvonne Booth, 55, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, went missing near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday as a river reaches its highest level in 200 years.

In a statement released by West Mercia Police, her family said she was a “very much loved member of our family and we are all devastated by this news”.

7pm update: Dennis among lowest pressure storms of all time

The US National Weather Service (NWS) estimated Storm Dennis has pressure of 916mb (millibars), putting it within a hairs’-breadth of the all-time Atlantic record. 

Speaking to CNN, Stephen Burt, a weather historian and fellow at the University of Reading, said Dennis ranks among a “handful” of depressions. 

He said: “The North Atlantic pressure record is 912-915mb, on 10 January 1993.

“There are only a handful of depressions known to have fallen below 920mb within the last 150 years or so.”

6pm update: Environment Agency advises ‘continued vigilance’

The Environment Agency has issued a warning for “contined vigilance”. 

They said: “As of 4.30pm on Monday 17 February there are six Severe Flood Warnings in place.

“Three are along the River Severn at New Street, Uckinghall and Waterside.

“Two are currently active along the River Wye at Blackmarstone and Hampton Bishop.

“An additional Severe Flood Warning is in place along the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop.

“Severe flood warnings mean a potential danger to life and immediate action is required. Residents should follow the advice of the emergency services.”

5pm update: Flood warnings at the end of the day

According to the Environment Agency, a total of 440 flood warnings remain in place. 

Of those, 196 are warnings and six are severe warnings, with another 238 flood “alerts”. 

People living along the rivers Lug, Severn and Wye have been advised to evacuate if possible due to a danger to life.

4.17pm update: Animal rescues called in Wales 

According to the RSCPA, specialist emergency teams were deployed across Wales to help free flocks of stranded animals. 

Both sheep and horses were stranded across Llandeilo, Newcastle Emlyn, with specialists deployed to rescue 22 sheep in St Asaph’s today. 

Emma Williams, an RSPCA inspector, also offered assistance to emergency crews at Nantgarw.

3.40pm update: Boris Johnson will not visit flood-affected areas, government confirms

The government has announced Boris Johnson will not visit flooded areas in the wake of Storm Dennis. 

The Prime Minister will spend the day working from a house in Kent, and will also not call a Cobra meeting.

A No 10 spokesperson confirmed he is being updated from a government-owned historic property in Chevening, which caused outrage from the opposition. 

Luke Pollard, the shadow environment secretary, said he must convene the government’s Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms “immediately”.

He said: “It is a disgrace that Boris Johnson has refused to visit communities affected by the flooding, and that the government has not convened Cobra.

“That must be done immediately.”

2pm update: Environment Secretary warns ‘never be able to protect every single household’

Yesterday the newly appointed George Eustice warned it would not be possible to “protect every single household” from extreme weather.

However he added the Government is investing billions into flooding infrastructure.

Speaking to Sky News while visiting York, Mr Eustice said 600 flood schemes, protecting more than 200,000 homes, had been brought in during the last five years.

He said some £2.5billion had been spent on flood defences.

1.30pm update: Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says scale of flooding was ‘unprecedented’

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the impact of the flooding caused by Storm Dennis is “unprecedented”.

Sian Williams, head of operations at NRW told the BBC 163mm (6.5in) of rain fell in the 48 hours between lunchtime on Friday and Sunday.

12.40pm update: Wind maps show strong winds over the Atlantic

WXCHARTS maps, which use data from MetDesk, show strong winds to the west of the British Isles on Wednesday.

The Met Office are warning of an “Atlantic weather system” arriving on Wednesday, prompting the issue of rain warnings in some areas of Wales.

WXCHARTS maps also show rainfall on course for the UK on Wednesday.

UK storm LIVE: UK weather map

UK storm LIVE: Strong winds are forecast to develop later this week (Image: WXCHARTS)

12.21pm update: Wales to be affected by rain warnings this Wednesday

The Met Office has issued further rain warnings for Wednesday and Thursday as weather misery continues. 

The warnings will affect parts of Wales, in regions still reeling from the downpours over the weekend. 

The Met Office warned that “rain arriving Wednesday morning may become persistent, and possibly heavy, over areas of high ground in Wales, before clearing Thursday.”

11.45am update: Met Office warn of Atlantic weather system arriving on Wednesday

Met Office yellow rain warnings have been issued between 6pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday this week.

Areas affected include south Wales and northwest Wales, with the cities of Swansea and Cardiff affected.

The warning reads: “An Atlantic weather system arriving on Wednesday is expected to bring a further spell of rainfall which is likely to become particularly prolonged over areas of high ground.

“Whilst there is more uncertainty over the rainfall totals for south Wales, there is a small chance that 50-60 mm could fall here in 24 hours.

“There is higher confidence in the rainfall for north-west Wales, with between 70 and 100 mm of rain most likely.

“Given already saturated ground, in south Wales in particular, there is a small chance of further flooding during this event.”

UK storm LIVE: UK floods

UK storm LIVE: Flooding has devastated parts of the UK this weekend (Image: GETTY)

UK storm LIVE: UK weather map

UK storm LIVE: Weather maps show rainfall is also on forecast for the UK on Wednesday (Image: WXCHARTS)

11.00am update: Met Office snow and ice warnings issued

Between 6pm on Monday until 11am on Tuesday, Met Office snow and ice warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland.

The warning reads: “Frequent showers will turn increasingly wintry through Monday evening, allowing snow to settle on some higher routes.

“1-2 cm is likely above around 200 m, with 3-5 cm possible above 400 m.

“Showers will be accompanied by strong westerly winds which may lead to some drifting. Ice may also form on untreated surfaces.”

Regions affected include: 

Central, Tayside & Fife
Perth and Kinross

Highlands & Eilean Siar

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders

Dumfries and Galloway
Scottish Borders

Argyll and Bute
East Ayrshire
East Renfrewshire
South Lanarkshire

10.20am update: Shocking statistics for Storm Dennis revealed

Data from GPS navigation software app Waze on Storm Dennis yesterday:

  • 2,802 road closure alerts (up 24% since Saturday) 
  • 11,353 flood alerts (up 273% since Saturday)
  • Total flood alerts up 1009% this weekend
  • 24,469 weather alerts (up 68% since Saturday)

Met Office extended warnings in Wales

Met Office warnings: The fresh warning zones in Wales (Image: Met Office)

UK storm LIVE: Met Office snow warnings

UK storm LIVE: Met Office snow & ice warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland on Monday and Tuesday (Image: MET OFFICE )

9.40am update: ‘Briefest of respites’ to follow Storm Dennis

The arrival of a Storm Ellen has not yet been confirmed by the Met Office.

However Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the Sun: “There’s the briefest of respites ahead of yet another Atlantic surge.” 

WXCHARTS weather maps show a system may potentially develop over the Atlantic later this week.

9.20am update: River Wye hits record level

Following this weekend’s severe weather, the River Wye has reached its highest ever recorded level.

The river stands at 5.02 metres, beating the record set in October 1998 of 4.95 metres.

A severe flood warnings has been issued for River Wye at Blackmarstone, Hereford, and a number of flood warnings are in place for the surrounding areas.

8.45am update: Storm Dennis breaks records

This weekend the number of flood warnings and alerts across England reached nearly 600. 

With 594 flood warnings in place, the number reached an all-time record.

Communities across the UK are currently dealing with devastating flooding caused by the storm.

UK storm LIVE: UK flood warnings map

UK storm LIVE: UK flood warnings map at 7.45am on Monday (Image: GOV.UK)

UK storm LIVE: Met Office weather warnings

UK storm LIVE: Met Office weather warnings remain in place on Monday (Image: MET OFFICE )

8.20am update: Met Office forecast ‘unsettled’ conditions in coming weeks

The Met Office long-range weather forecast currently predicts “unsettled and often windy conditions” between February 21 and March 1.

Rain is forecast to be “heaviest across western and especially northwestern areas”, while the east and southeast are expected to get the most of bright, dry conditions.

Later in the period, some snow showers could be seen more in low levels in the north.

8.15am update: Travel disruption in Scotland this morning

Forth Bridge in Scotland is still open, according to its website.

However the Forth Road Bridge remains closed to double decker buses, motorcyles, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Queensferry Crossing remains open, as its wind shielding offers some protection from current weather conditions.

UK storm LIVE: Storm names 2020

UK storm LIVE: UK storm names for 2019/2020 Atlantic storm season (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

8.10am update: How the Met Office names storms

Annually the Met Office decides the storm names for the coming year.

This year, we have already witnessed Storm Atiyah, Storm Brendan, Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

Next on the list is Storm Ellen, followed by Storm Francis, Storm Gerda and Storm Hugh.

8am update: Met Office weather warning issued

A Met Office yellow wind warning is in place until 11am on Monday.

The warning has been active since 10am on Sunday.

The Met Office warn: “Storm Dennis will bring some very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and into Monday morning.”

7.50am update: Hundreds of flood warnings issued with warnings of ‘danger to life’

Almost 600 flood alerts have been issued across England by the Environment Agency.

Five severe warnings, which warn of a danger to life, have been issued for the following areas:

  • River Teme at Eardiston
  • River Teme at Little Hereford and Ashford Carbonel
  • River Teme at Ludlow
  • River Teme at Tenbury Wells and Burford
  • River Wye at Blackmarstone, Hereford
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