Flood defences breached with snow bomb set to blast Britain

Flood defences holding back the River Severn were breached overnight, with water spilling over temporary barriers that were put up following Storm Dennis.

Images posted online by an Environment Agency manager also showed the river beaching the barriers and consuming a nearby area.

Firefighters from Hereford and Worcester raced to the area on Tuesday to evacuate residents as the Severn rose above the line of flood barriers for the first time in decades.

It comes after the Met Office warned blizzards and icy stretches set to spark serious travel disruption.

A yellow weather warning is now in effect until 10am today across Scotland, Northern Ireland and western England.

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The warning read: “Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

“Some roads and railways may be affected with journey time by road, bus and train services.”

The Met Office also updated these warnings to a snow and ice warning across large parts of the UK.

Forecasters said wintry showers are expected to continue well into the morning, which will leave surfaces wet and leading to icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces.

A mix of rain, hail and snow will fall over higher ground.

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Some places could see up to 1.2inches of snow – mainly above 650 ft – and 3.1inches could be possible in ground in northwest England, Wales and west Scotland.

The chilly conditions are also set to continue with British Weather Service’s Jim Dale predicting that temperatures would plummet over the next few days.

He said: “Through the course of the next 10 days we are going to see a switch to something more wintry.

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“Over northern Britain, we are looking at temperatures down to -12C or even lower as a Polar front comes down across the country.

“Where this cold air meets incursions from the Atlantic could be interesting, we are keeping our eyes on snow through this period.

“Snowfall over the coming days will largely be over high ground in Scotland but we may see something elsewhere.

“We are looking at potentially the coldest spell of winter so far, and after the mild weather so far, we are about to get the winter we haven’t had.”

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