Met Office warns there will be little respite amid recovery from Storm Ciara
Dozens of flood warnings remain in place across Britain as wintry showers and high winds hamper the recovery from Storm Ciara.
Schools were closed from the Scottish Highlands down to (Cumbria) , where more than (people have been left without water due to mains damage.
The Met Office warned that there would be very little let-up, with Storm Dennis expected to blow in on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rain.
Rail lines and roads were closed on a third day of travel problems, including the Queensferry crossing between Edinburgh and Fife. The £ 1. bn bridge was closed on Tuesday due to falling ice – the first time it has shut since opening in .
There were (flood warnings and) flood alerts in place across England on Tuesday. The Met Office also had weather warnings in place for wind, snow and ice from (Scotland) to the Midlands and Northern Ireland.
Clare Nasir, a Met Office meteorologist, said severe gales and heavy rain were likely at the weekend due to Storm Dennis, the fourth named storm since the season began in September.
In York, which has suffered from flooding repeatedly in recent years, the River Ouse was recorded at 4. 73 meters on Tuesday – the highest level since the (disastrous floods of) , when it reached 5.2 meters.
Four walkers had to be rescued from near the summit of Ben Nevis on Monday after becoming trapped in blizzard conditions without ice axes, crampons or maps.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said: “Three of the guys were in trainers. They were about 300 meters down into Coire Eoghainn on steep ice and if they had slipped or gone down any further consequences could have far more serious. ”
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