Sunday is the first day of March, and cold, bright and frosty conditions are forecast in the wake of Storm Jorge, following the wettest February on record. Over the past few weeks, three successive storms have brought heavy downpours and flooding and now more Met Office warnings are in place.
The Met Office recorded a UK average of 7.95 inches (202.1mm) of rain which fell last month, surpassing February 1990 when 7.61 inches (193.4mm) fell.
Storm Jorge, this month’s third named storm, has triggered weather warnings spanning from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.
Wind warnings are in place until 9am on Sunday across much of England and Wales and until 3pm the same day across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England.
Persistent snowfall was forecast over higher parts of Scotland, with up to 11.8 inches (30cm) predicted in some places, with warnings in place until noon on Monday, the Met Office said.
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On Saturday, flooded roads were closed in Wiltshire, people were rescued from cars stranded in water in Devon and Somerset, and the Ouse Bridge in Humberside was closed to high-sided vehicles and the speed limit lowered to 40mph amid fears of strong winds.
Police in flood-hit South Wales declared a temporary “critical incident” on Saturday morning as emergency services, councils and other bodies worked to protect property and infrastructure and protect residents.
A total of 90 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales, mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire, while a further 215 “flooding is possible” alerts are also in force.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said more than 3,300 properties in England are thought to have been flooded as a result of the combined effects of storms Ciara and Dennis.
Met Office warnings
Snow warnings are in place for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
They are in place until 12pm on Monday and warn rain and hill snow will drift northwards.
In some places, this will be accompanied by gales, which will generate blizzard conditions.
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The largest accumulations will be confined to above 400 metres, where 20 to 30 cm of snow could build up, but more temporary accumulations of two to five, locally 10 cm are possible down to around 250 metres.
One wind warning is for North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Wales and Yorkshire and Humber.
In place until 3pm today the Met Office warns winds will strengthen through the afternoon across parts of north Wales, northern England, Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland and persist through Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday.
Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 70 mph around exposed coasts and hills.
Heavy rain will be additional hazard, with this falling as snow for a time across higher ground.
A further wind warning is in place for the East Midlands, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber,
This is in place until 9am on Sunday and states gusts of 50 to 60 mph are likely quite widely, and especially in association with heavier showers across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon.
Met Office five day forecast
A mixture of sunny spells and showers for most, the showers wintry at times.
More persistent rain, and hill snow, affecting northern parts at times. Windy, with severe gales in the north at first, and feeling cold.
Wintry showers becoming mostly confined to western coasts.
Clear spells inland with winds easing, turning frosty. Rain affecting southern England for a time, perhaps with a little snow on hills.
Rain soon clearing the far southeast. Sunny spells for most, though also showers, these most frequent in the west, and wintry at times. Feeling rather cold again.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday
Continuing chilly with sunny spells and showers by day, along with night frosts.
Chance of more persistent rain, hill snow and strong winds affecting southern parts later.
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