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Severe snow hits Bury: Weather and traffic reports
4:50pm Friday 25th January 2013 in News
A final fall of heavy snow has swept across Bury bringing the borough to a standstill.
Snow fell in parts of Bury through the day as the worst hit northern England and Scotland.
Up to seven inches of snow was predicted over high ground in the borough.
It has caused disruption for schools and travel networks.
But as temperatures rise tomorrow, weather experts have warned of the risk of flooding when there is a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.
Temperatures will steadily rise from Saturday to an average of 4C followed by wet and windy weather next week.
Chris Burton, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: " A band of heavy rain will hit the west of the UK and move across eastwards throughout the day, quickly turning to snow. The greatest risk of heavy snow will Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and eastern parts of England which will widely see up to four inches, and up to an inch in the south."
"There is a localised flooding risk, particularly in Wales and the South West as heavy rain falls and warmer temperatures cause a rapid melt of the snow and ice which has built up in the last few weeks."
The Environment Agency has warned of the risk of minor localised flooding in some areas due to the rapid thaw. Flood risk manager Phil Rothwell said: "A combination of rain and snow melt over the weekend will increase the risk of flooding, especially in south west England, Wales, the West Midlands and northern England. We are closely monitoring the situation and have teams ready to respond to any potential flooding."