Flood warnings in place as Britain to be battered with rain amid risk of snow

Flood warnings have been put in place as Britain is set to be battered by rain amid Storm Erik.

Wet and windy weather is set to continue throughout the weekend with the possibility of snow early next week, forecasters have said.

And the Environment Agency has put three flood warnings in place, on top of 33 flood alerts around the country.

Storm Erik brought strong winds to parts of the country on Friday and will be followed by rain and more unsettled weather, according to the Met Office.

Patchy rain is expected to become heavy and because of the cold air, this could fall as snow on higher ground in England and Scotland tomorrow.

The flood warnings issued are at Keswick Campsite, the River Tutt at Boroughbridge and the River Ure at Roecliffe Caravan Park. 

This means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Forecasting Sunday’s weather, meteorologist Nicola Maxey said: "There is the chance of patchy rain and this could be heavy in places.

"Because of the cold air, this could fall as snow on higher ground in Scotland and England on Sunday.

"We’re expecting a widespread frost on Sunday night and into Monday, and the unsettled weather will continue into the start of next week."

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday.

Police in Dorset were called on Friday morning after a tree fell on to a double-decker bus.

Officers were called to the scene on Ringwood Road in Poole shortly before midday. No injuries were reported.

As winds ease off later tonight, some hill snow is forecast in central and southern parts of England and into Wales, before calmer conditions on Sunday.

Forecasters say that in the north it’s going to be a fairly bright day.

"There will be a few showers perhaps and it could turn windy but not as windy as today by any means."

Pilots have been forced to abandon numerous landings at Dublin Airport as Storm Erik causes major transport disruption across the country.

During a series of dramatic clips, taken by Ciaran Breen of Echo One Aviation, planes can be seen rocking side to side as they approach the runway at the airport in Ireland.

One plane is just metres away from the runway when the pilot makes a last-minute decision not to touch-down, and the aircraft is pulled back into the air, Dublin Live reports.

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