The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of England as over two days worth of rainfall is set to come down in 24 hours.
Lasting from midnight to 11.59pm on Thursday, the weather warning says there could be up to 30mm of rain across in-land areas.
The average rainfall for a normal day in January is around 13mm prompting the Met Office to issue the yellow weather warning.
The warning covers large parts of the North West and Midlands including Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Moorlands, Cheshire and the Newcastle borough.
The Met Office says flooding is likely in some low-lying areas and says it could mean journey times are longer due to the adverse conditions.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Rain will arrive across northwest England on Wednesday evening and turn heavy overnight into Thursday.
“During this time 20-30mm is likely to fall quite widely across the area, with as much as 50-60mm possible over the hills.
“Some of this may fall as snow over the higher parts of the Pennines. Overnight into Friday, the rainfall will become much lighter and more patchy in nature as the rain band pushes southeast.”
Current forecasts for Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday (January 28) appears to suggest a 95 per cent chance of rain, with mild temperatures of 9c. The wet weather is due to continue into the weekend before eventually drying up on Saturday.
With a dry day forecast tomorrow in Leek and the Moorlands, the rain is set to begin on Thursday with a 95 per cent chance of showers. Highs will be 8c as the wet weather continues throughout Friday.
The picture looks similar in the Newcastle borough with a 95 per cent chance of showers on Thursday and mild temperatures of 8c. Showers will continue on Friday before drying off into the weekend.
While the Stafford borough is not covered by the weather warning it still looks as though it could rain with the forecast suggesting wet weather on Thursday and Friday.