Monday, May 21, 2018
Flood warnings as snow makes way for heavy rains
Homeowners across the west of Britain have been warned their properties are at risk of flooding as milder conditions cause snow to melt and heavy rains to sweep in. Homes were evacuated and roads blocked in Devon, and flood warnings were in place across the South West, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales and the West Midlands yesterday evening. The Met Office predicts that rain will continue to fall in the South West through this morning; clear skies are expected this afternoon, while rivers will remain at risk of bursting their banks because “water catchments are already quite saturated”, according to the Environment Agency. Ice warnings are also in place this morning throughout the Midlands, the North and Scotland. Coldest night in two years Temperatures fell to minus 13.5°C in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie in the early hours yesterday, the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since 14 February 2016. Glasgow Airport was temporarily closed so the runway could be cleared following heavy snow. Tulloch Bridge in the Highlands had around 30cm of snow. Marco Petagna, a forecaster at the Met Office, said a northwesterly wind, which had delivered the bitter temperatures, was giving way to an westerly, bringing milder conditions and rain clouds. Parts of Northern Ireland were at risk of flooding last night due to “milder temperatures, rain and snow melt”, he said. Cold air from Canada Explaining the sudden cold snap that affected much of the North West and led to heavy snowfall across Scotland, Mr Petagna said: “It was unusually cold for the North West because we have cold air from Greenland and some from Canada, which has made its way across the Atlantic. It was the fact that the snow was lying on the ground that made it particularly cold last night.” Floods and landslides Devon and Cornwall Police said heavy rainfall had caused landslides, flooding and road damage, with some routes left impassable. Officers evacuated homes in Ilfracome and Barnstaple, but said there had been no casualties.

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