NORTHERN England was hit by heavy snow today – causing chaos across Cumbria as the flooded county continues to clean up after Storm Desmond, The Sun reports. The devastated region was slowly coming to terms with the destruction caused last weekend when a blanket of the white stuff hit this afternoon. Residents have been warned to brace themselves for another weekend of dire weather, and not to risk escaping through fast-flowing flood water.
Forecasters have grimly predicted that today’s two-inches of rain and snow will cause already swollen rivers to burst their banks. The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning as the rain started falling at about 7am this morning and will last into the mid-afternoon. Tomorrow will also see downpours, with up to 6mm more rain across the region.
A Met Office spokesman said: “It will not take an awful lot of rain for rivers to overflow.” Houses and businesses in Carlisle, Keswick, Appleby, Cockermouth, Glenridding and Kendall are all thought will be affected today. The clean-up operation being carried out by emergency services and volunteers will continue though, after thousands of people were forced into temporary accommodation following the storm.
Diane Wood, chief executive of Cumbria County Council, said: “I want to be clear that while there’s a lot to do, Cumbria is very much up and open for business. “I have no doubt that with the resilience and resourcefulness of the Cumbria communities we’ll emerge from this even stronger.” Other parts of Britain will also see a washout, with rain in the western and eastern England and highs of just 4C in Scotland.
The South Coast of England and parts of Wales are also expected to see major frost overnight into Sunday morning.