Hours of rain and sleet forecast as Storm Bella set to hit North Staffordshire



Families across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire face hours of sleet and heavy rain as Storm Bella is set to hit the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 3pm across the country forecasting heavy rain this Boxing Day.

And according to the BBC Weather, families living in the Staffordshire Moorlands towns like Leek and Biddulph, face sleet between 8am and 11am tomorrow morning (December 27).

It comes as heavy rain is due to hit the region around at 9pm tonight lasting right through into tomorrow morning.

However the temperatures are set to rise in the afternoon with sunshine and highs of five degrees.

The rainy snap, dubbed Storm Bella, is expected to cause minor flooding and bring winds of up to 75mph across England during the Bank Holiday weekend.

A Met Office spokesman said: “An area of strong southwesterly winds will develop across parts of northern England and the far south of Scotland on Saturday afternoon, before transferring southeastwards across the rest of England and Wales into Sunday morning, clearing by early Sunday afternoon.

“Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely, with the potential for 60-70 mph in some locations.

“Hills and coasts exposed to the southwesterly winds could see gusts of 70-80 mph. In addition to the strong winds, a period of heavy, squally rain will affect western and southern areas. Combined with strong winds, the rain will lead to some hazardous travelling conditions.”

When will the rain hit?

Stoke-on-Trent: In Stoke-on-Trent the Met Office says there will be rain from 8pm tonight with heavy rain from 9pm into the morning. There is currently no sleet or snow forecast for the city on any of the major forecasts although this could change.

Leek: In the Moorlands the rain is due to hit at 8pm getting heavier around 9pm, reports the Met Office. It is then due to last until 8am tomorrow morning. However, the BBC reports there will be sleet between 8am and 11am across the Moorlands.

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Newcastle: In Newcastle the Met Office forecast is for rain from 8pm tonight with heavy rain from 9pm. The major forecasts don’t suggest any snow yet but this is liable to change.

Stafford: The Met Office has forecast a wet day for Stafford today with rain hitting from 8pm and getting heavier around 9pm. There has been no snow forecast for the County Town.





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