Snow blankets the north while south is lashed by rain as Easter weekend gets off to damp start

Forecasters have put severe weather warnings in place from 3pm today until Tuesday with heavy rain putting a dampener on the four-day Easter break.

The Met Office is warning motorists to be careful amid fears the thundery downpours could flood roads across Britain.

Tailbacks are already building on the M6 near Coventry, the M25 on the outskirts of London and in Dover, Kent as Brits battle bad weather to try and make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

P&O ferries has also urged customers to arrive at least an hour before their booked sailing times due to delays caused by increased security checks in Calais.

Bookies have slashed the odds of a White Easter, after snow fell across much of northern England and the Scottish Highlands overnight.

Met Office forecaster Nicky Maxey said the sudden stratospheric warming that disrupted the polar vortex in mid-February – causing the "Beast from the East" – is having an impact.

The Met Office has put out five weather warnings as a front of stormy weather barrels down on Britain.

Warnings of heavy rain are in place for Wales, Devon and Somerset throughout the weekend, with a snow warning also in place for much of the country except London on Easter Monday.

Heavy rain is currently lashing most of the south with even more heavy downpours expected to hit the South West and Wales on Sunday.

Elsewhere, up to 25mm of rain tonight could cause flash flooding in Northern Ireland.


Brits all over the country can expect to feel chilly this weekend as temperatures plummet to as low as -7C.

Tonight is expected to stay wet and windy across southern and central parts of the country, with wintery showers expected to hit north east England and eastern Scotaland.

Saturday is likely to be cloudy for most with burst of rain and snow in the north – but this will be countered by more downpours on Monday.

Torrential rain is expected to strike the Midlands, turning into snow as it hits northern England.

A total of 26million motorists are expected to hit the roads over the four-day weekend – with some experts warning it could be the busiest bank holiday traffic for years.

It comes as the rail network is crippled by major engineering works and disruptions over the bank holiday – with several major stations closed and rail replacement bus services adding to the motorway chaos.

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, TfL Rail, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains all face delays.

Bristol Temple Meads – the busiest station in the west of England – is also shut until Wednesday for engineering works to upgrade signalling.

London Euston, the fifth-busiest station in Britain, will close on Easter Sunday for work in the Wembley area.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this Easter."

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