AMBER ALERT: Storm Christoph heads for Northamptonshire bringing two months' rain in 36 hours

Met Office warnings last from Tuesday to Thursday sparking fears of more flooding

Monday, 18th January 2021, 2:14 pm

Met Office experts have escalated a major weather warning from yellow to amber ahead of 2½ days of torrential rain hitting Northamptonshire.

Meteorologists say rain associated with Storm Christoph will start battering the northern half of the county early tomorrow and last until Thursday.

The worst of the weather is likely to be on Wednesday with predictions of up to TWO MONTHS' worth of rain falling in 36 hours bringing flooding and disruption to travel in places

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Weather warnings are in force across Northamptonshire from tomorrow morning until noon on Thursday

Environment Agency officials say they are "monitoring the situation closely" as flood alerts are already in force for the River Nene near Thrapston and the Tove around Towcester.

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said “Some locations could see over 100mm of rain falling through the course just a couple of days with up to 200mm possible over higher ground.

“As the system moves away into the North Sea Wednesday night and Thursday morning, colder air coming southwards into the weather system brings the risk of further snow on the back edge of this system.

"Temperatures will gradually fall across the UK through the end of the week and into the weekend bringing a return to widespread overnight frosts.”

A second yellow alert is still in force for the west of the county, although the south may escape the worst of the rainfall.

The Met Office named Storm Christoph, the third storm of the 2020-21 storm season, following Storm Aiden in October and Bella on Boxing Day.

Parts of Northamptonshire close to the River Nene were affected by flooding last week for the second time in less than a month..

Environment Agency flood alerts remain in force for the Nene near Thrapston and the River Tove around Towcester.

And hundreds spent Christmas Day away from their homes after heavy rain forced them to be evacuated from Billing Aquadrome.

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