Keep the brollies out: Storms move north as wind and rain cause travel nightmares across Greater Manchester

By Dean Wilkins

The wet weather is set to move north and batter Greater Manchester as more heavy rain and strong winds have forced roads to close, causing travel nightmares for thousands.

Up to 70mm of rain have fallen across the North of England over the last few days and there is another 24 hours’ worth of stormy weather on its way.

There are rain warnings in place across Greater Manchester throughout today but they will disperse by tomorrow, according to the Met Office – welcome news after torrential rain flooded more than 800 homes across the UK.

Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “While the southwest will see some locally heavy showers this afternoon and evening, the heaviest and most persistent rain on Sunday night and into Monday is expected to be over parts of northern England and north Wales.

“Here we can expect between 30 and 40 mm of rain falling in many areas and up to 70 mm of rain in parts of northeast England, continuing the risk of further flooding and travel disruption. We urge everyone to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings and be prepared for what the weather will bring.”

Highways agencies have been battling to clear standing water on motorways across the region as the M62 near Simister Lane is flooded and main commuter routes into the city, including Manchester Road, Upper Brook Street and Bury New Road, are affected.

Paul Mustow, Head of Flood Incident Management, said: “We are expecting more flooding this afternoon and overnight, and we would urge people especially in south west, central, northern England and Wales to use the daylight hours to prepare.

“People should sign up for free flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation, and stay away from dangerous flood water.”

Looking a little further ahead the weather is expected to become drier and colder in most areas by the middle of next week, however overnight frost may then bring the risk of some icy roads after the recent rain.

Most parts will be dry, but eastern coastal counties will continue to see some showers, which will be of sleet or snow over the hills.

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