UK weather: ice and bitter cold forecast as floods head North

Flooding and strong winds reach the North today, making way for sub-zero temperatures later this week

LAST UPDATED AT 15:23 ON Mon 26 Nov 2012

BITTERLY COLD winter weather is expected to set in across Britain this week, with temperatures in parts of the country plunging below zero - but not before the storm that has battered the South West and the Midlands wreaks havoc in the North.

Over the weekend, large parts of the UK, particularly the West Country, were left under water after torrential rain. Two people were killed and more than 900 homes flooded.

The bad weather also caused transport chaos across the country. Closures and delays affected roads, trains and ferries. A landslip this morning caused disruption for trains between London and Sussex and Brittany Ferries' Bilbao to Portsmouth route was severely delayed.

Although more rain and strong winds are expected in the South West today, it is North Wales and North East England that will bear the brunt of the storm.

The Environment Agency issued 300 flood alerts this morning and although the number has now been reduced to 212, severe weather warnings for Yorkshire, North Wales and North East England remain in place.

According to The Daily Telegraph the North East can expect between 50 to 70mm of rain today, nearly a month's worth. Cumbria has already seen nearly 50mm. The heavy rain across the North is expected to persist overnight and into the morning.

In North Yorkshire, all planned surgery has been cancelled at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, after a nearby stream overflowed.

The storm will finally let up on Tuesday but Sky News reports that this will only make way for "ice, frost and bitterly cold northerly winds".

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang warned that while much of south-west England, the Midlands and Wales would probably remain dry for the rest of the week, showers are still expected in the North, bringing the possibility of snow to Yorkshire and Eastern Scotland. · 

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