HERE WE GO AGAIN

First published in News

WE ARE in for a decidedly miserable weekend with heavy rain and high winds likely to cause more flooding woes and problems on the road.

But unlike some other areas of the country it does not look likely people in Worcestershire will have a chance to make a snowman.

Paul Michaelwaite from Pershore-based netweather.tv said it was “not likely” we would see snow.

“There may be a little bit on the hills, but that’s all,” he said. “It’s mostly going to be wind and rain.”

He said temperatures were likely to increase over the next few days, but the weekend would be decidedly miserable with heavy rain and high winds.

“It’s going to be about five to seven degrees but the wind and rain will make it feel colder,” he said.

“From Friday morning we will see winds of between 40 and 50 mph.

“The weather’s going to turn pretty wintery with lots of

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rain and there may be some ice around as well.

“The weekend will see long spells of rain and strong winds. Saturday will be the worst and we may see some patches of sun on Sunday.”

Worcestershire County Council’s gritting teams were out and about throughout the county last night, with the combination of cold weather and surface water causing risk of black ice.

Roads throughout Worcestershire were closed following rising water levels, including the busy A443 Hylton Road – one of the main routes through the city and home to your Worcester News – which was shut for about five hours until about 3.45pm on Thursday while Severn Trent Water installed water pumps to divert the floodwater.

Hanley Road and New Street in Upton were also closed, as well as Stourport Road in Bewdley, Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury, Eckington Bridge in Eckington and Walcot Ford from Pershore to Drakes Broughton.

The Environment Agency also issued a flood warning for the River Severn in Diglis, where levels could reach a peak of 4.7 metres on Saturday. Roads affected included Quay Street, Hood Street, Pitchcroft Lane, Waterworks Road, Newport Street, Croft Road and Diglis Dock Road.

The river is also expected to continue to rise until Saturday at Pitchcroft, where levels are predicted to peak at 5.2, at Hanley Road in Upton, expected to reach 5.3 metres, Court Meadow, Kempsey and Callow End, which could see a peak of 6.9 metres as well as Hanley Castle and Saxons Lodge, where a peak of 5.3 metres is predicted.

A flood warning was also in place for the River Avon from Salford Priors to Tewkesbury, expected to reach 2.9 metres today (Friday).

For the latest on flooding and road closures throughout Worcestershire visit worcesternews.co.uk

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