THE UK is set to be blasted with up to eight INCHES of snow today as Brits face four more days of rain after the Storm Dennis floods.
The Met Office issued weather warnings for the -3C freeze as blizzards hit the Highlands this morning.
Heavy snow fell in the village of Carrbridge near Inverness earlier today and analysis of weather data by WXCharts shows there may be up to 21cm of snow in the Highlands by tomorrow morning.
The forecaster also predicts snow may fall on higher ground across the North between Newcastle, Lancaster and Manchester. It suggests there could also be snow in mid-Wales.
Forecasters have issued nine severe red ‘danger to life’ flood warnings – including seven in England and two in Wales.
Severe weather warnings for rain have been issued for south and north west Wales and the north west of England on Wednesday evening and Thursday.
Another yellow warning for rain across Leeds, Sheffield and York has been issued for Friday and Saturday.
There is estimated to be up to 3.5 inches of snow in parts of Scotland – although some forecasts say up to eight inches could fall.
Some regions in Northern Ireland and northern England are also expected to see the white stuff.
Met Office spokesperson, Nicola Maxey, told The Sun Online: “There are certainly some heavy showers around and there’s a chance that some of that can fall as snow on high ground.
“We are probably looking at 10-20mm of rain for other parts of the UK and there is certainly a risk of thunder and hail in Scotland.”
Brits can expect blustery showers as well as hail and thunder later this afternoon, with wintry showers likely to fall over the hills.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Further rain will arrive on Wednesday evening and this is likely to become prolonged and possibly heavy over areas of high ground.
“There is a chance that 60mm of rain could fall in parts of south Wales over 24 hours. With the ground already saturated there is a chance of further flooding.”
Roads and rail routes are likely to face travel disruption as the temperature drops.
Today, people are being urged to leave their homes in the face of further flooding as one official warned residents are “not out of the woods yet”.
The Environment Agency (EA) said flooding was “potentially imminent” on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have advised residents in affected areas of Shropshire they are risking their own safety and that of the emergency services if they choose not to evacuate their properties.
One warning, for the River Severn in Telford, prompted the evacuation of about 30 properties as water pressure caused the road surface to crack and levels threatened to overtop the barrier.
The warnings come after Storm Dennis killed five people over the weekend.
The family of Yvonne Booth, who was swept away by floodwater near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday, said they had been left “devastated” after her body was found on Monday.
The 55-year-old, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, was described as a “very much loved member of our family” in a statement from relatives, released through police.
Communities across the country are counting the cost of the weekend’s storm, which has left hundreds of properties flooded.
The River Wye reached its highest levels on record on Monday, peaking at more than six metres, with the Environment Agency (EA) describing levels as “exceptional”.
EA manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup said: “I’ve seen things today I would not have believed. Large parts of my home town and village are underwater tonight.
“This is not normal flooding, we are in uncharted territory.”
The Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings for the River Severn at Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall, the River Wye at Hereford and Hampton Bishop, the River Trent at Burton upon Trent and the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop.
The Met Office is forecasting “unsettled” weather patterns for the coming days and more weather warnings have been issued for later in the week.
Tomorrow will see parts of Wales with yellow rain warning – which will be in place from 6pm to 3pm on Thursday.
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The warning reads: “An Atlantic weather system arriving on Wednesday is expected to bring a further spell of rainfall which is likely to become particularly prolonged over areas of high ground.
“Whilst there is more uncertainty over the rainfall totals for south Wales, there is a small chance that 1.9 to 2.3 inches (50 to 60mm) could fall here in 24 hours.
“There is higher confidence in the rainfall for north-west Wales, with between 2.7 and 3.9 inches (70 and 100mm) of rain most likely.
“Given already saturated ground, in south Wales, in particular, there is a small chance of further flooding during this event.”
These warnings follow two weeks of treacherous storms that wreaked havoc around the country.
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