WEATHER: Warning issued over gales and rain in South Yorkshire

The Met Office issues Kent yellow weather warning for wind

The rain is expected in Sheffield from around noon and is due to last for the rest of the day, with some outbreaks heavy. Spray and flooding on roads will make journey times longer. Roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by bus and train. A few homes and businesses could also be flooded. Strong winds are also expected which could add to the hard travel conditions.

"Two to five centimetres is likely for many parts with 10 to 20 cm [eight inches] possible in places, mainly over higher ground".

A spokesman said: "The forecast is for rain to continue across Cumbria, gradually moving away in the early hours of Thursday".

Scotland faces heavy snowfall and 75mph winds which forecasters expect to strike the United Kingdom tomorrow.

Outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy, will add to the hard travel conditions. Snow warning is in place from 03:00 Thursday 23rd to 13:00 Thursday 23rd.

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Devon is set to be battered by strong winds today (Wednesday) with a yellow weather warning in place.

"There remains some uncertainty regarding where the heaviest snow will fall". Heavy rain will be accompanied by strong winds across many parts of the warning area.

South of the border there are seven flood warnings in force, mostly in north west England, and 19 flood alerts.

A separate warning was issued for strong winds tonight with gusts of up to 70mph forecast.

Many places with a warning will see 25-50mm of rain with around 100mm of rain over higher ground.

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