Amber Weather Warning

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Amber Weather Warning -  Between 06:00 Tue 19 Jan 2021 and 12:00 Thu 21 Jan 2021

The latest Met Office amber weather warning for significant heavy rain which is forecast from Tuesday morning through to Thursday. This area originally was over West Yorkshire but has now been extended northwards to cover Craven and north continuing into the Dales.

Heavy rainfall combined with some snowmelt across the hills is likely to lead to flooding.

What to expect
Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing  danger to life
Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads
Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely

Further details
Rain developing during Monday persists into Wednesday and Thursday, this rain associated with Storm Christoph. Rain will be heaviest and most persistent across western facing hills. Over 100 mm of rain is expected across the higher ground with the potential for 150-200 mm of rain in the most exposed areas.

The rain will also lead to rapid melting of any remaining lying snow across the higher peaks adding to water entering the river network. Strong winds will accompany the rain at times and may add to travelling difficulties across higher and more exposed routes.