FLOOD-ravaged communities are warned to expect more torrential rain, with no end to the UK’s winter storms in sight.
This weekend marks the third in a row that Britain has been battered by storms as snow, 75mph gales and torrential rain continue to lash large parts of the country.
A yellow weather warning has been issued for heavy rain on Sunday morning in an already soaked South Wales as yet another wave of torrential rain moved over the country from the south-west.
Forecasters said this will give way to more showery weather as the day progresses but the storm will sweep in again on Sunday night, bringing rain and high winds to many areas and snow to parts of Scotland and northern England on Monday.
While the extreme weather should settle down over Tuesday and Wednesday, the Met Office said further heavy rain is expected later in the week.
Almost two months’ worth of rain has fallen across the country in just three weeks, as water-ravaged regions scramble to deal with the aftermath of Storms Dennis and Ciara.
There are 90 flood warnings and 153 flood alerts in place through to Monday, as well as two severe warnings, which indicate an imminent danger to life.
The two severe warnings are both for the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire.
Gusts of up to 75 miles per hour are expected in parts of the UK, bringing with it snow from Canada which is set to fall in Scotland.
The Met Office put in place severe weather warnings and alerts for north Wales, parts of Cumbria in northwest England, and parts of Yorkshire.
Forecasters warned that even a small amount of rain in areas deluged by Storms Ciara and Dennis could lead to yet more flooding owing to such wet ground.
Despite this weekend being the third in a run of wild weather this month, Met claim it is very unlikely that the bad weather will develop into Storm Ellen – the next name on the list.
The rain, snow and winds of up to 75 miles per hour will hit Northern England and Scotland the hardest, where a weather warning is in place throughout Monday.
Blankets of snow and ice are also expected to cover the Highlands, while other parts of Scotland will be soaked in cold showers, as strong winds persist.
A yellow warning is in force for snow and ice across much of Scotland.
The south of the UK is expected to have slightly calmer weather, although there is a chance of some rain at Twickenham as England take on Ireland in the Six Nations third round on Sunday.
The Environment Agency has warned of severe flooding along the River Lugg, which flows through the Welsh border town of Presteigne then through Herefordshire to the south of Leominster.
It has also warned of severe flooding along the River Wye, which stretches 130 miles from Plynlimon in central Wales to the Severn estuary, as parts run along the border with England.
There are road closures in place throughout north Wales after the region was hit by overnight rain, including in Gwynedd, while rivers in Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, and Wrexham could be worst affected by flooding.
Flooding is reported across the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale cut off on Friday evening due to flooding.
The Environment Agency said that river levels have exceeded existing records with the Colne, Ribble, Calder, Aire, Trent, Severn, Wye, Lugg and Derwent among the many rivers where records have been broken.
Honister Pass in Cumbria, one of the wettest areas of Britain annually, recorded 185mm of rain in 36 hours on Thursday.
Capel Curig in Snowdonia, north Wales, recorded 86mm of rain in 36 hours.
The gloomy weather will continue through to Monday, with snow fall predicted in parts of Scotland.
It comes as the damage wreaked by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis is projected to cost billions to repair.
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Prince Charles visited Pontypridd in South Wales on Friday, which has been badly hit by the floods.
It is estimated that 1,100 properties – both residential and commercial – have been affected in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.
Charles walked down Pontypridd’s high street, where many shops are closed due to flood damage.
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