White-out weekend: Snow to bring travel chaos with flurries in London

White-out weekend: Snow is set to bring ‘significant’ travel chaos from tomorrow with flurries as far south as London – while 276 areas are braced for flooding

  • The Met Office has placed yellow warning across parts of central Scotland and the Highlands for today
  • Rural communities in Scotland may become cut off, with power cuts and disruption to transport services
  • Torrential rain will fall in Cornwall tomorrow, with Wales, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire blanketed in snow

Parts of Britain are bracing themselves for two days of flash floods and power cuts as Scotland is blanketed in snow today while London is set for flurries this weekend.  

The Met Office placed a yellow warning across parts of central Scotland and the Highlands, adding that rural communities may become cut off, power cuts were possible and transport services were likely to be affected.

The Environment Agency today issued 57 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and 229 flood alerts across whole swathes of Britain. 

Yellow warnings for rain were in place across the Scottish coast from Perth to Aberdeen as well as further south in Devon and Cornwall early today.

That warning for rain in Devon and Cornwall is repeated tomorrow, along with another for snow across much of Wales and areas including London, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.  

Yesterday the Waterside restaurant at Seamill, near West Kilbride, Ayrshire, was hit by flooding, which also affected the nearby A78. 

Road operator Amey South West sent pumps and a tanker to the area, while traffic was diverted for several hours.

It came as the Met Office warned tomorrow night could be the coldest in Scotland for two years, with temperatures possibly as low as -15C (5F) in parts of the Highlands.  

A man walking past the sculpture of a lead miner covered in snow at Rowley Bank Castleside in Durham yesterday

The lowest minimum temperature recorded across the UK by 11pm on Thursday was -6.8C (20F) at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

The north of the country saw white-out conditions yesterday after rain from England collided with cold air over Scotland.  

Forecasters said snowy conditions could bring ‘significant’ disruption to travel across the region, with a warning in place from 4am on Thursday until midday today. 

Rain and snow across Scotland is forecast to move slowly south this morning and decaying over the North East of England later, with heavy, squally showers across southern England moving quickly east this morning.

There could be some wintry showers across coast in the North East before turning dry with clear spells and widespread frost in the North overnight, and turning cloudy in the south with rain spread eastward.     

Tomorrow, the north is forecast to be dry and sunny, with rain across the central and southern UK, falling as snow over Welsh hills and then across some southern parts before clearing during the afternoon.  

Two men, holding snow shovels, talk in the snow in Tow Law, Durham yesterday, as parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches (20cm) of snow in the next couple of days 

A dog walker and a van make their way along a snow covered road in Slaley, Northumberland yesterday as parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches of snow in the next couple of days

The Environment Agency today issued 57 flood warnings and 229 flood alerts across whole swathes of Britain


Rain and snow across Scotland is forecast to move slowly south this morning and decaying over the North East of England later (left), while tomorrow snow will fall over Wales and then across some southern parts before clearing (right)

That warning for rain in Devon and Cornwall is repeated on Saturday, along with another for snow across much of Wales and areas including Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire 


Yellow warnings for rain were in place across the Scottish coast from Perth to Aberdeen as well as further south in Devon and Cornwall early today (left). That warning for rain in Devon and Cornwall is repeated on Saturday, along with another for snow across much of Wales and areas including Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire (right)

There will be a cold, frosty start on Sunday, largely fine before rain and snow arrives from the southwest, while Monday is expected to be dry for many, with rain and snow spreading across the North East. 

It comes after large swathes of Britain were blanketed in snow last weekend, while places in northern, central England and Wales, particularly towns and villages along the River Severn, endured flooding as part of Storm Christoph. 

The Met Office said the UK had experienced its snowiest spell since late January 2019, when 20 weather stations in England recorded accumulations of two inches (5cm) or more for three days consecutively.

The Environment Agency had 53 flood warnings in place at 5am on Friday, stretching from the Midlands to the North East, meaning immediate action is required.

The same area and the South West had 226 alerts meaning flooding was possible, while there were nine alerts in Scotland and eight in Wales.

There will be a cold, frosty start on Sunday, largely fine before rain and snow arrives from the southwest, while Monday is expected to be dry for many, with rain and snow spreading across the North East

A woman walks her dog through heavy snow in Slaley, Northumberland yesterday, as parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches of snow

A woman walks her dog through heavy snow in Slaley, Northumberland yesterday as parts of the UK could be blanketed with up to seven inches of snow in the next couple of days, while a band of heavy rain could also trigger flooding

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