Heavy rain to give way to snow in Yorkshire as Winter takes hold

Landlord of the Tan Hill pub in the North Yorkshire Dales, Steve Bailey, clears the path after earlier snow.

Landlord of the Tan Hill pub in the North Yorkshire Dales, Steve Bailey, clears the path after earlier snow.

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Yorkshire highest pub the Tan Hill Inn was surrounded in snow last night as a Met Office amber warning for heavy rain was replaced with a yellow warning for snow and ice for parts of Northern England.

Forecasters said an area of rain is expected to move northwards across northern England tonight which will clear northwards quickly on tomorrow morning.

A spokesman said: “Whilst rainfall accumulations are not unusually large, with the ground remaining saturated please be aware of further localised flooding and disruption to travel.” Some uncertainties do remain in the genesis and behaviour of this system and so this alert is likely to be updated further in the coming days.

Temperatures are expected to drop from the start of next week with temperatures not expected to rise above 5 degrees Celsius for much of the region.

Meanwhile in Scotland villages in Aberdeenshire are assessing the damage after the River Don rose to record levels and burst its banks amid continued heavy rain.

Dozens of homes were evacuated in Inverurie, Port Elphinstone and Ellon overnight as the swollen river sent flood waters racing down the streets.

Water also spilled from the River Ythan and teams from the Scottish Fire Service and the coastguard mounted an operation to rescue residents.

People were put up in rest centres while a number of local hotels also opened their doors to flooding victims free of charge.

Gauges in Haughton, just outside Inverurie, measured the Don at 5.6m (18.37ft) - the highest level for 45 years - while it measured 5.5m (18ft) at Parkhill in Aberdeen.

In Ellon, the Ythan stood at 4.4m (14.4ft) at its peak, 1.2m (3.93ft) above the previous record level in 1983, according to Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) figures.

Flooding in the north-east also brought major travel disruption, with busy roads closed and trains south from Aberdeen cancelled.

Part of the runway at Aberdeen Airport was damaged by the “unprecedented rainfall’’ and some passengers spent the night in the terminal as flights were cancelled.

Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson said: “Over the past 24 to 48 hours, and indeed the past week, we have responded to a number of flooding incidents and co-ordinated the multi-agency response to the adverse weather.”

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