Heavy and frequent rain to dampen Preston New Year celebrations with weather warning in place

Posted on - 31st December, 2023 - 11:26am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Rural roads flooding Pic: Preston Police
Rural roads flooding Pic: Preston Police

New Year will be brought in in typically damp fashion in Preston, according to a warning issued by the Met Office.


The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for Preston and much of Lancashire running from 6pm today (December 31) to 6am tomorrow (January 1).

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The warning states that frequent heavy showers may lead to some flooding and disruption to travel. There is a possibility of flooding to some homes and businesses and disruption to travel due to delays caused by spray on the roads. There is also a higher than usual chance that journeys by public transport could be delayed.

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A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Frequent heavy showers merging into some longer spells of rain through Sunday evening and overnight. 10-20 mm of rain falling and possibly 30-40 mm in a few places over a 12 hour period.”


BBC Weather is currently forecasting rain from 1pm today until 3am tomorrow morning.

It is the latest in a series of weather warnings issued by the Met Office over a Christmas period that has brought a high volume of rain to the North West. Earlier this week, the Met Office confirmed that a ‘supercell’ thunderstorm and a tornado was the likely cause of particularly strong winds and extended periods of thunder noticed by people in Preston.

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