UK weather warnings: Dangerous ice to hit after life-threatening floods batter UK

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BRITAIN will be slammed by snow, ice and strong winds as the weather takes a bitter turn for the worse. But what do the latest Met Office warnings reveal?

Snow and sleet hit parts of Wales on Saturday after torrential rain caused devastating flooding and mudslides across the UK on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures dropped to as low as -7C as the country attempted to recover after “biblical floods” slammed the UK. There are seven severe flood warnings in place meaning that the flooding poses a danger to life. But what is the latest on the severe weather across the UK?

The Met Office issued two weather warnings for rain for Saturday.

The first covering the east of Northern Ireland and the second covering the south of England from Oxford to Brighton.

The warnings read: “Heavy rain may cause disruption from flooding.

“Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

“Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible.

“Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“Some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.

“Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.”

The yellow weather warning for ice on Sunday covers most of the east of Northern Ireland.

The icy stretches are expected to form overnight across the region.

The Met Office warning is in place from 2am to 10am on Sunday and advises that some injuries as a result of slips and falls on icy services are expected.

Untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths also pose a threat.

Saturday began with a bone-chilling start with some areas struggling to reach above 0C.

Rain is also moving in from the west and Northern Ireland, Wales and southern England were hit with showers.

The Environment Agency currently has 57 flood warnings in place and 80 flood alerts which indicate that flooding is possible.

However, flood-hit areas in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire are set to get a reprieve from the worst of the weather while the clean-up operation continues.

The rain and showers in the south and west are due to continue throughout Saturday evening, with a little snow over the high ground of Wales which will slowly die out overnight. 

The weather will be clear and cold to the north with a few fog patches possible. 

Windy conditions will hit the far southwest.

On Sunday it is expected to be cold with a few showers in the south and east.

However, the chilly weather will be broken up with plenty of sunny spells.

The snow and cold temperatures come after parts of Britain struggle to cope with the devastating scale of damage resulting from heavy rains across Britain.

The torrential rain, severe flooding and resulting mudslides led to the death of a woman who was swept to her death in Derbyshire after the region was battered by a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

Her body was later recovered from the River Derwent on Friday after it had been swept two miles by the raging flood water.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “The body of a woman has been recovered from flood water in Darley Dale.

“The woman was reported as having been swept away by flood water in Rowsley and the body of what is believed to be the same woman was found in Darley Dale and was recovered at 10.40am.”

In total, more than 400 homes were evacuated as entire streets were submerged in floodwater.

A mass-scale cleanup operation is now in effect across the region as sleet and snow hits coastal areas of north Wales today.

The snow led to traffic chaos on the roads with the A458 becoming blocked at Llangadfan as heavy snowfall rendered the road “impassable.”

Social media users shared images and footage of the snow as travel disrupted their weekend plans.

Welsh police chiefs urged motorists to take care on snow-covered roads.

A police statement read: “Please be aware that the A470 through the Bwlch Oerddrws pass is hazardous this morning due to snow. Please take care whilst driving.”

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