Over Sunday and Monday it has been nationally predicted that the UK will be hit with the worst weather for several years. Its official….it was a not so damp squib!
Monday Morning 8am We are checking various reports and it does seem that although there was some rain overnight, there was NOT the predicted 30-40mph winds, nor 2-3 inches of rain.
The flood warning in place for the Lower Dee is still there, unchanged from when we reported it at 5pm yesterday. This is likely due to the run off from the mountains which did take the brunt of the rain.
For the next few hours there will be sporadic rainfall, however the main storm band has passed thankfully away from the area.
1:30am It would appear Wrexham has managed to dodge the ‘worst storm’ in several years, however it has started spitting. There have also been a few reports of some thunder in some parts of Wrexham. There’s a ‘heavy’ band of rain that is expected to go over Wrexham at around 3:15am. However forecasts are a lot lower than originally predicted.
00:45 As per previous updates we seem to be escaping lightly compared to the rest of the country as the band of bad weather passes further south, leaving us with just what seems like heavy showers at times. Winds are much lower than forecasts suggested, and although there will be sodden land out there in the morning things ought to brighten up by about 10am!
11:05pm The first band of rain appears to have dodged us here in Wrexham! The mountains to the west have taken the brunt, leaving us nice and dry – for now! Hopefully this ‘UKStorm2013′ keeps being a damp squib for us, although the second band is due after midnight and then onwards through the night.
10pm Reports of some winds up to the west but all quiet in and around town. The Met Office forecasts said we would have experienced the bad weather by now with the initial wind gusting up to 36mph. The three radar images we have been monitoring the rain could be delayed until 11pm to midnight, however it is still on its way.
Mark ‘The Beast’ Creighton of Wrexham FC fame has tweeted earlier doubting the ‘storm’ due…
Heavy rain and high winds? Just another normal day/night in Bala me thinks #storm
— Mark Creighton (@creights5) October 27, 2013
9pm: Spots of rain and a little wind, but the radar images show that the band has slowed and is now showing the below for 9:45pm. On another note, a BBC reporter has tweeted to say winds gusting to 68mph have been recorded at Capel Curig – about 45 miles West of us.
8pm: The radars and forecasts point to a more southerly track for the main storm, however we will see the heavy rain and higher winds. The band of rain is due to hit Wrexham and the surrounding area at around 8:30pm, with those to the West having it arrive sooner.
As of 5pm the South West of England and South Wales is starting to be hit. The Met Office has our area down as a ‘yellow’ alert for Monday for heavy rain, with a flood alert issued for ‘isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain’ at 4:30pm – you can read the full alert here.
60mm, or just over two inches, of rain is predicted to fall in the area late tonight and early tomorrow. Current forecasts see heavier wind to stay further south. However we do not escape totally as the ‘heavy’ winds are around 80mph where as we have lighter 30mph gusts predicted – still strong!
14:38 : Carl Thornton sent us this picture at 1:30pm of clear blue skies and rainbow across Wrexham. It’s still quite sunny outside, however there have been a few scattered showers and wind is slowly starting to pick up.
Although we have used our favourite picture of a bin falling over in bad weather last year we do expect things to sadly get worse throughout this evening and tomorrow.
Below is a picture of what is approaching…
This page will be updated throughout the course of Sunday and Monday so check back for updates!