UK weather forecast: Flood warnings in place as Britain braces for snow deluge

None of those currently in place are severe with threats to life but eight warn immediate action is required. Groundwater fooding is expected for the Gossage, the Iwerne, the North Winsterborne, north and south of the A354, the South Winterbourne Valley and in the Allen Vale at Monkton Up Wimborne and Wimborne St Giles. Warnings are also in place at Curry Moor and Hay Moor as well as Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch.

In total 25 flood alerts are in place from Weymouth to Little Rissington and another three from Welney Causeway to Berlings Eau up the East Coast.

Four flood warnings have been removed in the last 24 hours for the Bere Stream, Middle Avon and tributaries plus River Waveney from Bellingham to Breydon Water and the River Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water.

A cold front is expected with snow expected in the Scottish Highlands this morning with frost forecast.

Temperatures in Surrey and Tunbridge Wells could be as low as 2C (35.6F) at first light.

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As the week progresses, the north could see increasing levels of snow with the Met Office’s long range forecast for January 8 - 17 saying: “Showers could turn to snow over higher ground in the north.”

Glasgow and Inverness are predicted to be hit by snow in the middle of the week with 10.2 inches expected in the Scottish Highlands by January 13.

By January 14, temperatures could drop to -4C (24.8F) in northern Scotland and a bitter 4C (39.2F) in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

By January 16, the forecast predicts 0C (32F) in most of the north and 14.5 inches of snow in the far north of Scotland.

A Met Office spokesman said: “From this day we could see snow falling in the higher areas of Scotland.

“You would expect some snow in the mountains of Scotland because of their elevation and northern latitude.”

He said it was unlikely to cause disruption for most people.

On Sunday, average temperatures will range from 7C (44.6F) to 10C (50F).

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