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Met Office warns 200mm of rain could fall as 48-hour weather warning issued

Daily Post 16/01/2021 Owen Evans

Up to 200mm of rain could fall during a 48-hour period of stormy weather in North Wales.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain, which covers the whole region, with concerns the conditions could cause flooding to homes and roads.

The warning comes into force at 6pm on Monday and remains in place until 6pm on Wednesday.

The agency said that up to 200mm of rain was possible on the hills of the region.

A spokesman said: "A broad area of rainfall will arrive across this region later on Monday and remain across the area for the following 36 to 48 hours.

"Rainfall will be heaviest and most persistent across western facing hills.

"Over the course of this time, 30 to 60mm of rainfall is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with the potential for up to 150 to 200mm across the regions most exposed hills (most likely across northwest Wales, and northwest England).

"Across the higher Pennine Hills, there will likely still be significant snowfall laying on Monday.

"Much of this will melt during this event and may add an additional 5 to 10mm quite widely, and as much as 20 to 30mm across the highest snow-covered hills.

"Strong winds will also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes."

Gusts of up to 60mph are forecast for the exposed parts of North Wales towards the middle of next week.

The Met Office warned that the downpours could lead to flooding of homes and businesses, delays or cancellations to public transport and difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

They also warned that fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, which could cause a danger to life.

Some communities could end up being cut off by flooded roads, and power cuts and losses of other services are also possible.

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