UK weather forecast TODAY – Met Office weather warning as FLOODS and power cuts close schools and tornado and snow hits

THE Met Office issued a weather warning today as flooding and power cuts forced schools to close.

Sprowston Community Academy in Norwich is currently open only to pupils from years 7 and 11 after its science block was flooded, ITV News reported.

A number of other school across the county are also said to have had to close because of a loss of power.

It comes after a small TORNADO was seen near Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire an hour after a freak hail storm hit the northern town last night.

And Leeds and Bradford were blasted by snow this morning forcing cops to warning drivers of dangerous conditions on some roads.

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  • FOUR SCHOOLS CLOSED ACROSS NORFOLK

    Four schools have been closed across the Norfolk, the local county council has confirmed

    The closures come amid disruption caused by tumultuous weather across the east of England.

    A statement on the council's website said that Horning Community Primary School has closed due to a lack of power at the site and some internal flooding.

    Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School has closed because of a lack of power in the surrounding village, while Sprowston Community Academy is closed to all but years 7 and 11 following flooding in its science block.

    St. Mary's Community Primary School is also currently closed.

  • ENGLAND TO SEE FROST OVER WEEKEND

    Parts of northern and western England will see frost over this weekend, forecasts suggests.

    The news comes as an Arctic wind moves in from the north, lowering temperatures across the country.

    Netweather.tv forecaster Nick Finnis said that England would get a cold start on both Saturday and Sunday and that temperatures would remain widely in low single figures.

    He added that a frost would likely develop in rural northern and western areas.

  • RAIN IN EAST TO EASE

    Rain in the eastern of England is set to ease going into this evening.

    The news comes while two weather warnings remain in place across central and northern Norfolk and parts of Lincolnshire.

    The Met Office says that “daytime rain over eastern England [will tend] to fade”.

    It adds that “elsewhere early evening showers [will] slowly die out leaving clear spells”.

  • ARTIC WIND BRINGS CHILL

    A wind moving south from the Arctic is making temperatures today feel even lower than they are, the Met Office has said.

    Temperatures are set to reach the low to mid teens across much of the country today, but a map of 'feels-like' temperatures shows them struggling to reach above 10C.

    A tweet from the Met Office read: “A cold northerly wind from the Arctic will make it feel even colder than the temperatures suggest.”

  • RARE 'TORNADO' SPOTTED IN WEST YORKSHIRE

    A small 'tornado' was seen near Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire.

    The striking column was spotted an hour after a freak hail storm hit the northern town last night.

    Carol Vaughan, who captured the video, told LeedsLive it was a “surprising sight”.

    She said: “I was amazed to see one in our area.”

  • FLOODING FORCES SCHOOL CLOSURES IN NORFOLK

    Rain in Norfolk has reportedly forced a number of schools to close amid flooding and power cuts.

    The news comes as weather warnings over wind and rain remain in place across the far east of England.

    Sprowston Community Academy in Norwich is currently open only to pupils from years 7 and 11 after its science block was flooded, ITV News reported.

    A number of other school across the county are also said to have had to close because of a loss of power.

  • WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE

    A yellow weather warning has been put in place in north Norfolk and east Lincolnshire.

    The Met Office said that heavy rain was “expected to develop Thursday night and persist during Friday”.

    It added that the rain would probably cause delays to journey times and that flooding of “a few homes and business” was likely.

    A separate warning is also in place concerning strong winds across north, east, and central Norfolk.

  • TEMPERATURES OF -5C IN HIGHLANDS

    The Scottish Highlands have seen temperatures fall as low as -5C on the coldest September night since 1997.

    It comes after a week that saw temperatures across the country fall after a wave of cold air moved in from the Arctic.

    The night also brought snow to parts of the north of England.

  • SUNNY SPELLS ON SATURDAY

    Much of the country can expect to see conditions improve and even some sunny spells on Saturday.

    The news comes after temperatures across the country dropped throughout this week.

    A Met Office's Saturday forecast read: “Most areas better than Friday and dry with sunny spells.”

  • YORKSHIRE MOTORISTS WARNED TO 'BE CAREFUL'

    Motorists in parts of Yorkshire have been warned to be careful after falling temperatures brought snow to the county's roads.

    Temperatures fell across the country this week as a wave of cold air moved in from the Arctic.

    Posting to twitter, West Yorkshire's Roads Policing Unit wrote: “Be careful on the high rural roads folks.

    “Still plenty of snow/ice about from the earlier thunderstorms.”

  • GUSTS OF UP TO 65MPH IN COASTAL AREAS

    Parts of England could see gusts of up to 65mph today as strong northerly winds move across East Anglia.

    People in Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk have been told to expect some delays to transport links amid the conditions.

    Gusts between 45mph and 55mph were likely, possibly reaching 60mph to 65mph in coastal areas, the Mail reports.

  • HIGHS OF 16C THIS WEEKEND

    England is forecast to see highs of just 16C this weekend after cold air from the Arctic brought temperatures down this week.

    Snow was seen yesterday in Leeds and last night saw temperatures fall as low as -5C in parts of Scotland.

    Temperatures will remain in the low to mid teens across the country on Saturday but rise slightly to reach 15C across the south on Sunday.

    A high of 16C is expected in Cardiff on Sunday.

  • SNOW HITS YORKSHIRE

    Parts of Yorkshire have seen snowfall after a wave of Arctic air brought temperatures down across the country.

    Drivers in Bradford and Leeds saw short whiteouts yesterday amid snow spells.

    Pictures from Leeds show snow settled on the streets overnight.

  • HEAVY RAIN IN THE EAST

    The east of England is set to see spells of heavy rain throughout today, the Met Office has said.

    The forecast comes after a wave of Arctic air pulled temperatures across the country down over the last few days.

    The Met Office said conditions today would be “chilly and windy” and “wet for far eastern England”.

    “Dull and with spells of rain, heavy at times, across the far east of England, especially East Anglia,” it said.

  • WINDY BRITAIN

    WINDS of up to 5MPH are tipped to hit the UK today.

    A Met Office spokesman said: “Gusts of 45 to 55mph are likely at times across parts of East Anglia – including the whole of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk – with 60 to 65mph gusts at times in coastal districts.

    “Persistent rain may also prove an additional hazard.

    “Strong northerly winds may lead to some disruption from Friday morning and through the evening.”

  • WEATHER WARNING

    PEOPLE living in the east of the UK will see the worst of today's expected bad weather.

    Forecasters say both power cuts and disruption to travel by air, road, rail and sea are likely.

    Now a warning has been issued from 9am until midnight tomorrow.

    A Met Office official said: “A period of strong northerly winds is expected to develop on Friday morning and persist into the evening.”

  • 65 MPH WIND WARNING

    FORECASTERS have issued a severe weather warning for part of the UK ahead of 65 mile per hour winds and heavy squalls.

    And after storms pass, Brits will shiver as an Arctic blast sends temperatures plummeting.

    Showers will sweep across the country for the next few days while strong gales will batter the south-west.

    Read the full story here.

  • YELLOW WARNING FOR TODAY – WHAT TO EXPECT

    • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
    • Probable disruption to bus and train services with some journeys taking longer
    • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
    • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
    • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves

    VIRUS EVEN IMPACTING WEATHER

    Coronavirus is having a big impact on the ability to predict the weather, according the Met Office.

    A spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: “The lack of aircraft was something that had a major impact, it isn't the only source of data we rely on, but we had a fall in those observations.

    “Aircraft flying over remote areas of the globe gives us very valuable data that is hard to replicate.”

    “It wasn't that we didn't know what was going on at all, but when you don't have the volume of planes going over, you don't get the same detail, some of the subtleties were lost, such as where exactly the jet stream was.”

    GREENLAND BLAST CHILLS UK

    Temperatures are plunging in the UK thanks to icy blasts blowing in from Greenland.

    BBC Weather forecasters attribute the change in conditions to remnants of Hurricane Teddy, which

    hit Canada earlier this week.

    “As Hurricane Teddy moves northwards towards Atlantic Canada, it will cause the jet stream to intensify and also dive south-eastwards over the north Atlantic towards France and Spain.

    “This will help low pressure areas to track overhead the UK and eventually pull in colder air from Greenland.”

    STRONG WINDS AND PERSISTENT RAIN HEADING

    Parts of Britain will be hit by 65mph gusts on Friday after the coldest September night since 1997, say forecasters.

    The Met Office warned strong gusts and 'persistent rain' will hit the east from 9am amid fears over power cuts, train disruption and road delays.

    It comes after the mercury fell to -5C in the Scottish Highlands last night – making it the coldest September night in 23 years.

    Strong northerly winds are expected to develop across East Anglia tomorrow morning and persist into the evening, with gusts of 45mph to 55mph likely with 60mph to 65mph gusts at times in coastal areas – bringing winds of up to 65mph.

    PICTURED: LONDON RAINBOW

    ASTEROID PASSED EARTH THIS MORNING

    Lucky astronomers photographed the moment an asteroid called 2020 SW passed the earth during the early hours of this morning.

    The asteroid came within just seven percent the distance of the Earth and the Moon, or roughly 27,000 kilometres.

    The Virtual Telescope Project said: “The image comes from a single, 180-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the 'Elena' (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope.

    “The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, this is why stars show as trails, while the asteroid looks like a bright and sharp dot of light in the center of the image, marked by an arrow.

    YELLOW ALERT OVER GALES

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of Norfolk and Suffolk ahead of strong gales tomorrow.

    The UK's weather service issued the warning on Thursday, and highlighted large parts of East Anglia, including Norwich, Ipswich Colchester, Harwich, Orford, Acle, Watton, Aylsham and Holt.

    The warning reads: “Strong northerly winds may lead to some disruption from Friday morning and through the evening.”

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