Thursday, December 19, 2013
Updated: Region covered by two weather warnings as bands of heavy rainfall are forecast to set in tomorrow (Fri) and continue through the weekend and Monday.
NORTH Devon could experience snow and ice on high ground tomorrow (Thurs) as the region is hit by heavy rain and falling temperatures.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for ice and rain from 3pm on Thursday, with a warning that snow could fall primarily on higher ground.
Forecasters say a heavy band of rain was expected, with large accumulations on hills, and some localised flooding expected.
And this afternoon a further weather warning for rain has been issued for Monday, with another period of unsettled weather on the way.
The yellow warning, which runs from 6am until midnight, comes with news that there is ‘considerable uncertainty’ in the potential for severe weather.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “A deep low pressure system is expected to move across the Atlantic later this week, arriving into western parts of the UK on Friday afternoon.
“With mild air and strong winds some large rainfall totals are possible, particularly over high ground in the south Wales and southwest England.
“There remains some uncertainty around this system and this alert is likely to be updated in the coming days, with the potential for the warning area to be extended east across more of southern England.
“There is some uncertainty over the timing and intensity of this band of rain, but where any heavy bursts occur, rain may quickly turn to snow.
“Hail may also affect some areas, leading to slippery surfaces, before clearing skies allow temperatures to fall and increase the risk of ice on Thursday night.
“The very unsettled run of weather is expected to continue into the pre-Christmas period with another intense area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic and tracking close to the UK.
“Current indications are for southwest England to be most at risk from further heavy rain and gales.”