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Rush-hour commuters warned of 70mph gusts set to hit Portsmouth area

Rush-hour commuters warned of 70mph gusts set to hit Portsmouth area

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to sweep across Yorkshire on Wednesday.

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Locals in the Highlands and Strathclyde have also been warned to expect wintry conditions. A few homes and businesses flooded.

The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain with many places seeing between 25mm and 50mm.

There is heavy rain forecast for the north of the country but it is likely to head towards London as the week progresses.

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"The Met Office has warned that some delays to road and rail transport are likely whilse o" utbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy" will add to the hard travel conditions. Snow warning is in place from 03:00 Thursday 23rd to 13:00 Thursday 23rd. There remains some uncertainty with regards to the exact location of the heaviest rain. The Met Office warning says coastal gusts could reach 70mph.

"2-5 cm (0.7in - 1.9in) of snow is likely for many parts with 10-20 cm (3.9in - 7.8in) possible in places, mainly over higher ground".

Forecasters said: "Strong winds are expected to move east across England and Wales during Wednesday". Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

The Met Office yellow warning for snow affects much of Scotland.