Torrential rain sparks travel chaos in Scotland as Met Office issues warning ... trends now

Torrential rain sparks travel chaos in Scotland as Met Office issues warning ... trends now
Torrential rain sparks travel chaos in Scotland as Met Office issues warning ... trends now

Torrential rain sparks travel chaos in Scotland as Met Office issues warning ... trends now

Torrential rain sparked travel chaos in Scotland yesterday after a Hogmanay washout as the Met Office issued a warning for snow and ice with flood warnings across the UK.

The rail network shuddered to a halt, with tracks submerged and lines blocked by landslips, while roads were closed due to flash floods.

Heavy rain and high winds, combined with widespread travel disruption, put a dampener on the flagship Hogmanay street party in Edinburgh.

On New Year's Eve, a yellow warning for rain was in place for southern Wales and the south west of England. 

Revellers on Princes Street before the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Revellers on Princes Street before the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

The Welney wash fills with floodwater as the levels of The Old Bedford river and River Delph rise after recent rain, in Welney, Cambridgeshire

The Welney wash fills with floodwater as the levels of The Old Bedford river and River Delph rise after recent rain, in Welney, Cambridgeshire

Today will see a wet and snowy start for southern Scotland, while the rest of the UK should be dry with some scattered showers

Showers are expected this afternoon mostly in Wales and North England and wintry downpours will move through Scotland

Today will see a wet and snowy start for southern Scotland, while the rest of the UK should be dry with some scattered showers

Forecasters said the deadly bomb cyclone that sent temperatures plunging in the US over Christmas is causing the unsettled weather in the UK.

Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said: 'The extreme cold weather in the US has boosted the jet stream, which is bringing our wet and windy weather.' 

Today will see a wet and snowy start for southern Scotland, while the rest of the UK should be dry with some scattered showers. 

Showers are expected this afternoon mostly in Wales and North England and wintry downpours will move through Scotland. 

Monday will be dry for most of the UK with bright and possibly sunny spells at times, especially in the east.

In the evening, a band of rain moving towards the UK will bring overcast conditions.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Helen Caughey said: 'It'll be an unsettled New Year weekend for much of the UK. New Year's Eve for most will be the wetter of the two days, with a number of fronts bringing rain and wind across much of the country. 

'The unsettled weather will stay with us into the

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