Icy roads and flash floods are the latest weather warnings
January 14, 2010
The snow clouds over Britain are continuing to move north having deposited several inches of snow across the south west and the Midlands. Scotland can now expect to be the recipient of what might be that last of the winter snow, at least for the time being. The snow may have moved away but motorists are being warned that roads across the country could be very icy. The Met Office has issued one of its severe weather warnings because of the danger of ice.
Forecasters predict that by the time the weekend is here temperatures will have risen up to their seasonal norm. However this is not all good news because on Friday forecasters are warning that heavy rain combined with thawing ice and snow could now result in flash flooding in certain areas of the U.K. Particularly at risk are central areas and the north west where there is still several inches of snow lying on the ground. Warmer air is due to start coming in from the south west and with it milder temperatures of around 7C.
As the country comes out of its deep freeze Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised to revue all of the problems that have been highlighted such as a shortage of grit for the countries roads. It has been estimated that the severe weather has cost the U.K. in the region of £600 million every day because business has been brought to a standstill and some people have been waiting three weeks now to have their rubbish collected.