Storm Ciara weather warnings still in place as snow hits UK following floods and gales

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A man walks with a dog in flood water, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, in Bosham, Sussex. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
A man walks with a dog in flood water, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, in Bosham, Sussex. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Britons faced rush hour travel problems, flood warnings and snowfall on Monday as Storm Ciara continued to batter the UK.

Weather warnings for wind, snow and ice remained in place for large parts of the country as the UK after the storm ripped through the country at the weekend.

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The Met Office also said that “a spell of very strong winds,” with gusts of 60-70mph, is expected across southern England on Monday, bringing likely delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

A yellow warning for heavy snow and strong winds is in place for Northern Ireland and most of Scotland and a yellow warning of snow and ice is in force for north west England throughout Monday and Tuesday.

Waves crash over a lorry on Blackpool waterfront as weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara.
Waves crash over a lorry on Blackpool waterfront as weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country as the UK struggles to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara.
Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snowy conditions at the Tan Hill Inn in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

Blizzards and up to 20cm of snow are forecast in parts of the UK in the wake of the storm, with travel disruption set to continue.

Some areas saw a month and a half's rainfall in just 24 hours and gusts of more than 90mph swept across the country on Saturday and Sunday.

There were also 107 flood warnings and 252 flood alerts in place across the country as of 11am.

Geese take advantage of the conditions as floodwater fills the streets of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Geese take advantage of the conditions as floodwater fills the streets of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Network Rail said that thousands of its engineers had “battled horrendous conditions” throughout Sunday and overnight into Monday in a bid to clear tracks and repair damage after strong winds blew tress, sheds, roofs and trampolines and other debris on to the railway on Sunday, blocking tracks and bringing down overhead power lines.

The West Coast Main Line is suspended between Carlisle and Glasgow due to flooding at Caldew Viaduct, Cumbria.

Passengers have been warned that rail replacement buses will be extremely busy.

UK weather: Warnings in place on Monday. (PA)
UK weather: Warnings in place on Monday. (PA)

Speed restrictions are in place on several routes that are open, meaning journeys are taking longer than normal and frequencies are reduced.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "While Storm Ciara is clearing away, that doesn't mean we're entering a quieter period of weather. It's going to stay very unsettled.

"We have got colder air coming through the UK and will be feeling a real drop in temperatures, with an increased risk of snow in northern parts of the UK and likely in Scotland.

"There could be up to 20cm on Monday and Tuesday and with strong winds, blizzards aren't out of the question."

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Train passengers are being advised to check with operators before travelling as there are likely to be some cancellations to early trains as Network Rail engineers work through the night to assess the damage.

There are already numerous reports of rail disruption, including trains on the TransPennine Express between Preston and Edinburgh being suspended due to flooding at Carlisle.

Motorists are also warned to take care with continued disruption to the road network and tricky driving conditions likely to continue into rush hour.

Waves cresting over Folkstone Harbour Arm as Storm Ciara swept in on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)
Waves cresting over Folkstone Harbour Arm as Storm Ciara swept in on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)


Floodwater surrounds Dyls cafe, York, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara (PA Images via Getty Images)
Floodwater surrounds Dyls cafe, York, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara (PA Images via Getty Images)

More than 200 flood warnings were issued across England on Sunday, with the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, in Cumbria, severely hit.

The River Irwell burst its banks at Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, while areas including Blackpool, Whalley, Longton and Rossendale, were affected by flooding in Lancashire.

The fastest gusts of 97 miles per hour were recorded on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, with 93 miles per hour winds hitting Aberdaron, a village at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula.

Inland, Manchester Airport recorded gusts of 86 miles per hour, while 178mm of rain fell in Honister Pass, in Cumbria, in the 24 hours to 4pm on Sunday - around one-and-a-half times the average February rainfall of 112mm.

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