BBC Weather: ‘Erratic’ rain to bring sleet and snow as mercury drops

BBC Weather forecasts 'erratic' conditions as snow may fall

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The wet weather caused major disruption to travel, with roads and rail services affected. Flooding also resulted in the closure of some schools on Friday, with centres set up for those unable to stay in their homes. Matt Taylor warned of further rain this weekend.

He said: “The rain may have eased off but river levels continue to rise.

“Through today so far we still have severe flood warnings out and there is still some more rain to come in the next 24 hours.

“Not quite the extent of what we’ve seen of late but it’s coming in this evening across Ireland and then into western Scotland, Wales and England.

“Some heavy bursts at times and it’s going to turn a bit more erratic as it moves eastwards.

“But we could even see a bit of sleet and snow mixed in on the top of the hills.

“Temperatures will be a little up and down throughout the night but by the the end of the night, most places will be around 5C to 8C.

“As we start Sunday, it’s a cloudy and wet start in eastern parts of Scotland, eastern England as well.

“But the sunshine will come out for most.

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“Away from that, western areas start dry and sunny but we’ll see some showers, some of those heavy and thundery will work their way eastwards by the end of the afternoon.

“Another cool day with temperatures around 8C to 12C.”

It comes as searches have resumed efforts to find a woman who was swept into a river as torrential rain battered parts of Scotland.

Officers from Police Scotland, alongside Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the coastguard, have resumed efforts to locate the missing woman.

They had been called to the River Don at Monymusk in Aberdeenshire on Friday afternoon after a report of someone in difficulty.


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It is understood she had been attempting to rescue a dog when she got into difficulty.

The search had to be stood down on Friday night, but has now started again.

Inspector Rory Campbell from Police Scotland said: “Officers, along with colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguard, have resumed searches in the area where the woman was last seen.”

He added: “Conditions are tricky and dangerous and I am appealing to members of the public to stay away from flooded areas.

“Please be careful when you are out and about.”

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