Published: Thu, January 21, 2021
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Storm Christoph sparks snow warning for Moray and Aberdeenshire

Storm Christoph sparks snow warning for Moray and Aberdeenshire

Storm Christoph will bring multiple hazards to the United Kingdom this week, initially heavy rain.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for Saturday, January 16, covering Cambridgeshire and the Eastern region.

More than 120mm (nearly 5in) of rain has already fallen in some parts of England, with 123.4mm at Honister Pass in Cumbria in the 24 hours up to 06:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The Met Office has warned of spells of prolonged and heavy rain over tomorrow and Wednesday which could not comes at the same time as a number of flood alerts are in place.

Mr Partridge said the storm meant that some areas could see double the average amount of monthly rainfall over a few days.

Heavy rain is expected to hit the United Kingdom overnight on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

Across large parts of the United Kingdom snow is melting which has already saturated the ground, and the Met Office have issued an amber warning from 6pm on Tuesday until midnight on Wednesday.

Heavy rain is expected to fall across the South-east later this week, with flooding possible.

The Environment Agency issued 10 flood warnings covering parts of Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire as of Monday night, with a further 109 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, across northern England, the Midlands and the east.

Cheshire became the third area to declare a major incident on Wednesday, after Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

"Whilst we appreciate that everyone has been told to stay home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we want to make it clear that should members of the public need to evacuate to protect themselves due to flooding then that is the priority and you should follow your local authority's advice regarding evacuation".

The Met Office said there is a "danger to life" and a "good chance" some communities could be cut off, putting home and businesses in jeopardy.

People living in the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands are being urged to prepare for the risk of significant flooding for the rest of this week.

"A band of rain associated with Storm Christoph will push in from the northeast, turning readily to snow", said a spokesman.

"When Christoph starts to move into the North Sea we will start to see more northerly influence coming in, we're going to have a feed of colder air which will bring in wintry showers", he said.

"Over higher ground to begin with but increasingly those events will be to lower levels as well and that could lead to some accumulations in Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland".

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