UK weather: Flood warning as freezing Arctic snow expected to batter Britain

UK Weather: Met Office warns of possible stormy conditions

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for flooding covering northeast England, including Newcastle and surrounding areas, stating a few homes and businesses may flood due to significant rainfall. Bus and train services are also expected to be affected with journey times taking longer.

Five days of snow is expected to coat northern England and Scotland starting today, with the North Yorkshire moors, Lincolnshire and the east of England are all expected to be impacted.

Some areas in northern England and Scotland will experience a chilled 24 hours with lows of 1C along with sleet and rain.

The warning, which is in place until Sunday morning, comes as nearly 5,000 homes across northern England and Scotland are still stuck without power following deadly Storm Arwen.

As efforts to restore power continue, forecasters predict temperatures will plummet to freezing while snow could fall for the next five days and rain will batter many parts of Britain.

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Around 4,700 homes are still without power supply more than a week after the storm hit on November 26, according to industry body the Energy Networks Association.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told Metro: “In terms of the process of reconnecting power supplies and getting to remote areas, it’s not helpful – probably tomorrow being the best day and probably the first half of Tuesday as well, some decent conditions.

“Other than that, a fair bit of rain, some hill snow, and some reasonably strong winds – certainly aiding to slow down the process of reconnecting supplies and getting to the more remote locations to clear trees and so forth.

“It’s certainly not ideal, and the higher locations certainly will be seeing some more snow in the coming days.”

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On Saturday, Boris Johnson said he remains “concerned” thousands of households still do not have power and is working to fix this issue “in any way we can”.

Jonathan Brearley, energy regulator Ofgem Chief executive, told the BBC Radio Four programme: “We are deeply concerned about customers who for over a week have been without power.

“We want to establish the facts and make sure we understand what has happened, whether the network companies have met their obligations. If they haven’t, we will take enforcement action.

“We have clear expectations of how fast they should get people back on the system.

“We do recognise the challenging circumstances those companies are in. But what we expect from the network companies is to be relentless in connecting people, but also to be putting support in place.”

He later told BBC Breakfast: “One thing we’ve done already is we’ve said to network companies, and they’ve agreed, they’ve lifted the cap on the compensation they will give customers and they’ll make sure that those customers do get some compensation for everything they’ve been through.”

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