Storm Christoph chaos with warnings extended as Boris Johnson chairs Cobra meeting

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The Met Office has extended warnings for snow and rain as Storm Christoph causes chaos with the PM due to chair a Cobra meeting on the response.

Communities are bracing for flooding and major incidents have already been declared in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire amid amber and yellow weather warnings for the storm, which could also bring snow to northern areas.

More than 120mm of rain has already fallen in parts of the country, with 123.4mm at Honister Pass in Cumbria in the 24 hours up to 6am on Wednesday.

Nearby Seathwaite saw the second highest total, with 107.2mm, and some isolated spots could see up to 200mm, the Met Office said.

Fifty-one warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency across England, with 179 less severe flood alerts.

A vehicle is driven through floodwater in Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire
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Snow warnings have been issued for parts of the country
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A yellow warning for snow has been issued for North East England from midday on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.

Forecasters warned rain could increasingly turn to snow during Wednesday evening and overnight, bringing disruption and travel chaos.

People were warned of the threat of power cuts and some rural communities becoming cut off. 

A yellow weather warning was also issued for Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders.

Yellow warnings for rain have also been issued for large parts of the country including South West England, East Midlands, Wales, Yorkshire and Humber, North East England, London & South East England, West Midlands and the East Midlands.

Weather warnings by the Met Office

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons: "Our sympathies also go out to those affected by the latest floods.

"I want to thank the Environment Agency and our emergency services for the work they're doing to support those communities, and I'll be chairing a Cobra meeting later on to co-ordinate the national response."

Persistent rain over southern Scotland and the far north of England will increasingly fall as snow above around 100m during Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.

A few cm of wet snow may accumulate down to around 100m but above 200m 10-15 cm may settle with perhaps 20 -30 cm above 400m.

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