Torrential rain causes transport mayhem in Scotland as the Met Office issues a snow and ice warning

Torrential rain causes transport mayhem in Scotland as the Met Office issues a snow and ice warning

Yesterday, torrential rain caused transport mayhem in Scotland following a washout on Hogmanay, as the Met Office issued flood warnings and snow and ice alerts across the United Kingdom.

Beachgoers enjoy a traditional New Years Day dip in the North Sea at Whitley Bay, in North Tyneside, this morning
The rail network ground to a standstill due to flooded rails and landslides, while highways were restricted due to flash floods.

Heavy rain and strong winds, combined with widespread travel disruptions, dampened Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street festival.

On New Year’s Eve, southern Wales and southwest England were under a yellow warning for rain.

Edinburgh revelers on Princes Street before to the Hogmanay New Year’s celebrationsA woman takes an early morning swim on New Year's Day at the Serpentine in London

The Welney wash in Welney, Cambridgeshire, fills with floodwater as The Old Bedford river and River Delph levels rise due to recent rainfall.

Southern Scotland will experience a wet and snowy start to the day, while the remainder of the United Kingdom will be dry with occasional showers.

According to forecasters, the unsettling weather in the UK is a result of the devastating bomb cyclone that caused temperatures to plummet during Christmas in the United States.

Met Office’s Nicola Maxey stated, “The extreme cold in the United States has increased the jet stream, which is delivering our rainy and windy weather.”

Southern Scotland will experience a wet and snowy start to the day, while the remainder of the United Kingdom will be dry with occasional showers.

This afternoon, precipitation is anticipated primarily in Wales and northern England, with icy downpours moving into Scotland.

Monday will be dry for the majority of the United Kingdom, with bright and potentially sunny periods in the east.Today will see a wet and snowy start for southern Scotland, while the rest of the UK should be dry with some scattered showers

In the evening, a rain band moving towards the United Kingdom will bring cloudy conditions.

Helen Caughey, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, stated that the majority of the United Kingdom will have an unsettling New Year’s weekend. New Year’s Eve will be the wettest of the two days, with multiple fronts bringing rain and wind over the majority of the nation.

The inclement weather will continue into the evening.People take part in the Mablethorpe Big Dip in Lincolnshire, to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal

Prior to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay New Year’s Eve celebrations, crowds line up to enter Princes Street.

Met Office officials have issued a warning for snow and ice in the north of the country, predicting further heavy rain.

A snowplow clears the A939 in the Scottish Highlands after a heavy snowfall.

A shopkeeper in Whitesands, Dumfries, closes his store due to flooding caused by the overflowing River Nith.

This will be followed by a more variable New Year’s Day, with the most of the unsettled conditions affecting Scotland, where rain will convert to snow on higher territory and continue to drift north.

A man takes an early morning swim on New Year's Day at the Serpentine in London

The first few days of the week after next are expected to be drier and sunnier, followed by “showers or prolonged periods of rain.”

Flood duty manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency Vincent Fitzsimons said, “Many people are expected to travel prior to Hogmanay and are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance.”

Met Office officials predicted additional heavy rain and issued a warning for snow and ice in the north of the United Kingdom.

Yesterday’s torrential downpour, which prompted ten flood alerts and twenty-seven flood warnings, caused extensive disruption, including the suspension of rail services between Edinburgh and Dundee, Ayr and Glasgow, and the West Coast Main Line between Lockerbie and Edinburgh.

After the Met Office issued yellow warnings for rain in England’s South West and southern Wales and warnings for ice and snow in the Scottish Highlands, partygoers defied the weather to ring in 2023.

More than 100,000 people gathered along the Thames Embankment in central London to witness 12,000 fireworks explode in the sky as Big Ben tolled in England’s capital.

The sold-out event was intended to deliver a message of “love and unity” as it celebrated the Lionesses’ historic Euro win at Wembley, commemorated 50 years of London’s Pride with a message from Peter Tatchell of the Gay Liberation Front, and expressed solidarity for Ukraine.

The exhibit also paid homage to the late Queen with a recording of her voice and quotes from Dame Judi Dench, before honoring the King with a message from Charles about the need to safeguard the future of our world.

During the event, drones spelt out a hopeful message: “2023 with love from London” while fireworks exploded behind them.

The performance culminated with the customary Auld Lang Syne, which featured music such as Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, the Ukrainian Eurovision champion Kalush Orchestra, and hits by Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Cher, Dave, Rihanna, and Calvin Harris.

 

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