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Preston weather warning: Heavy rain expected throughout Saturday evening as flood alert issued for Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall

Posted on - 9th January, 2016 - 11:54am | Author - | Posted in - News, Weather
Rain over St Marks

Rain over St Marks

A brief glimpse of winter sunshine in Preston is set to be dashed by the onset of heavy rain once more.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, the lowest level, of rain for Preston and Lancashire throughout Saturday evening.

Between 20mm to 30mm may fall from 4pm on Saturday through to 9am on Sunday.

The chief forecaster states: “A low pressure system is expected to run into the UK from the southwest on Saturday, becoming slow-moving over the north of the UK on Sunday.

“This will push further areas of rain, and perhaps some hill snow, northwards across parts of northern England on Saturday evening before the precipitation becomes more showery on Sunday. Rainfall totals later today and overnight into Sunday may be 20 to 30 mm in places, sufficient for some “low” impacts given current saturated conditions.”

The original warning covered the North East but forecasters have expanded it to cover Lancashire.

The weather forecast for the week beginning Monday 11 January has it being a cold but cloudy week of weather ahead with temperatures falling to below freezing over on Friday 15 January.

A flood alert, the lowest level warning from the Environment Agency, has been issued which covers parts of Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge.

The Agency is monitoring the river levels of the Yarrow and Lostock.

They say: “Heavy rainfall is forecast overnight, which will see rivers rise to flood alert level. From the current weather forecast we do not expect rivers to reach flood warning levels.

“Rain is expected to clear early-morning and river levels are expected to peak around 6am. A drier spell is then forecast.”

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