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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There will be strong winds and heavy rain for many this morning.

It will turn brighter this afternoon but stay windy with scattered showers and highs of 13C (55F).

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Your weather: A cloudy night ahead with patchy rain ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with some patchy rain and drizzle with lows of 8C (46F).

Robin
BBC Weather Watchers / Littleacorns

It will be a windy day tomorrow with some sunny spells and showers with highs of 12C (54F).

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Ambulance staff 'cancelled leave to help during floods'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Hundreds of ambulance staff and dozens of 4x4 vehicles had to be called into action over the past week to cope with the major floods in the West Midlands, the ambulance service has said.

Paramedics with person rescued from floodwater
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Having bought more of the specialist ambulances this winter, 30 of them were sent out from the time Storm Dennis swept across the region.

Heavy rain saw large parts of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire flooded, especially along the rivers Teme, Severn and Wye.

Ambulances in front of floodwater
West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it also used its eight hazardous area response staff, an extra flood rescue team and had 400 ambulance crews working during the worst of the flooding.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh praised his staff who "responded magnificently" and said many had volunteered to give up rest days or cancel annual leave to provide cover this week.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a windy but dry day with highs of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a morning of sunshine and blustery showers before heavier rain moves in later with highs of 9C (48F).

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Play area flooded

Allen Cook

BBC News

These photos show the play area this morning at Victoria Park, Stafford.

Unsurprisingly, the borough council's said it's shut today.

Flooding in Victoria Park, Stafford
Stafford Borough Council
Flooding in Victoria Park, Stafford
Stafford Borough Council

Severe disruption: A449 Staffordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A449 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, from Eastlands to Rowley Grove.

A449 Staffordshire - A449 Rowley Bank in Stafford closed in both directions from the Eastlands junction to the Rowley Grove junction, because of a fallen tree.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Your weather forecast: A cloudy night ahead of Storm Dennis

BBC Weather

It will be mainly cloudy this evening with some drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

Shrewsbury
BBC Weather Watchers/Grum

It will be a very wet and windy Saturday with outbreaks of heavy rain for much of the day and gales expected.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind are in place for much of the West Midlands until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Warning storm could cause rail delays and cancellations

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being warned there could be delays and cancellations this weekend, because of Storm Dennis.

West Midlands Trains pointed out Storm Ciara had left "some areas of land already saturated and tree branches weakened".

West Midlands Train
BBC

Last weekend Network Rail workers had to go out to clear fallen trees and other debris from the lines and also repair damaged overhead cables.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells in the morning and some patchy drizzle this afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

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Your weather forecast: A dry and clear night in store

BBC Weather

Any evening showers should die out leaving a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Sedgley
BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

It will be a dry morning before cloud thickens with rain moving in on Friday afternoon.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Severe disruption: A34 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between Newport Road and A518 Lammascote Road.

A34 Staffordshire - A34 Queensway in Stafford closed and queues northbound between the Newport Road junction and the A518 Lammascote Road (Queensway roundabout) Queensway roundabout junction, because of recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with sunny spells and showers with highs of 9C (48F).

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Weather: Stormy weather forecast to return

BBC Weather

Enjoy the sunshine while you can, because the wind and rain is forecast to return tomorrow.

The Met Office is issuing more yellow weather warnings for the area and by the weekend we'll have high winds similar to the ones we saw last weekend.

Bodenham
Step counter

Shed load will cause disruption into the evening

BBC News Travel

A lorry which lost its load is continuing to cause disruption in Stafford this evening.

Staffordshire Police said it was carrying demolition equipment weighing around 100 tonnes and it demolished a traffic light control box when it fell off.

Lorry
Staffordshire Police

The lights are now working again, but efforts to recover the load can't begin until after the rush hour when a crane will be brought in to lift it.

Flooding levels falling, but more on the way

Flooding is continuing to cause problems across the West Midlands, with a number of Environment Agency flood alerts still in place around rivers.

There is also a flood warning for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, but water levels are expected to fall over the next couple of days.

Flooding near Buildwas
BBC

The Environment Agency warned that river levels could rise again, with more stormy weather forecast at the weekend.

Weather: Sunshine and snow forecast

BBC Weather

Depending on where you are in the West Midlands, you could have sunshine, or snow, or a mixture of both tomorrow.

Staffordshire is the area most likely to see a snow shower, while temperatures could be as high as 7C (45F) in other parts of the region.

Temperatures tonight will be around freezing.

Lydbury North
Ken M

Flood warnings continue

River levels across the West Midlands are expected to remain high and the Environment Agency still has flood warnings in place for parts of the River Severn in Shropshire.

It also has flood alerts for the rivers Lugg, Wye, Avon, Trent and Dene, among others.

Flood
BBC

The Environment Agency also said that with the rain set to continue, it expected the flooding to remain for a number of days.

Flooded road
BBC

Your weather forecast: A cold and clear night in store

After the snow in some parts of the region, it'll be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Bromyard
BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

A warning for snow and ice remains in place for the Staffordshire Moorlands which could cause further travel disruption to that we told you about earlier.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Snow causing multiple crashes

Officers are dealing with a "number of collisions" on the M6 in Staffordshire, say motorway police.

Weather conditions are described as poor due to heavy snow.

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Warnings issued over snow and ice

As we've been seeing, snow in Staffordshire, Shropshire and other parts of the West Midlands is already causing some travel disruption.

The Met Office is now warning this could continue until 19:00, with a yellow warning issued for snow that also takes in parts of Warwickshire.

Snow warning
Met Office

A warning for ice is in place for parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Crash causing M6 delays

BBC News Travel

A crash is causing delays on the M6 northbound close to Stafford services.

All lanes are closed in the contraflow area, says Highways England.

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Snow causing hazardous driving conditions

Snow is causing travel problems in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire, with some hazardous conditions reported on higher ground.

Here's a roundup:

Leek
Mr Twister
  • The A525 Keele Road in Staffordshire is closed between the entrance of Keele University and Gallowstree lane
  • There are delays on the A53 Leek Road in Staffordshire between Thorncliffe Road and Macclesfield Main Road
  • Snow is also causing delays on the A53 Tern Hill in Shropshire in both directions around the A41 Tern Hill roundabout
  • And there are hazardous driving conditions on the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road between Bull Hill Lane and the A54 for Buxton

Flooding 'likely' across the region

Flood warnings have been issued for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley in Shropshire and the River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge near Nantwich.

High river
BBC Weather Watchers/ Coldhilldip

Dozens of less serious flood alerts are also in place across the region with water likely to affect low-lying roads.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours, said the Environment Agency.

Storm Ciara: Hundreds still without power

About 400 properties are still without power across the West Midlands after Storm Ciara swept through the region.

Fallen Tree
Sutton Walker

Western Power Distribution said it had restored supplies to 115,000 customers in its area on Sunday with restorations still ongoing.

Flooding continues to cause problems for rail passengers on the West Coast Main Line, with no trains running north of Preston because of flooding at Carlisle.

Storm Ciara: Buses replace trains

Buses are replacing rail services between Wolverhampton and Stafford today after nine trees fell on rail tracks, said Network Rail.

Fallen trees were removed overnight but there's work still to do to fix damaged overhead wire equipment, it said.

Trees
Network Rail

Storm Ciara: Revised rail services

BBC News Travel

Storm Ciara is still affecting rail travel across the region due to trees falling on to the overhead power lines.

Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their routes before travelling.

West Midlands Railway will not operate services between Stafford and Wolverhampton and Rugely to Walsall.

A revised hourly train service will also be in place between Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain windy today with some showers and highs of 7C( 45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather forecast: Rain later before wind picks up

BBC Weather

Rain will move in for a time later, with strong winds picking up on Saturday.

Birmingham
BBC Weather Watchers / Sutton Walker

There's a yellow warning for wind for the whole of the West Midlands from midnight on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Storm Ciara: Rail passengers advised not to travel

Rail customers are now being advised to avoid travelling on Sunday if at all possible, said CrossCountry Trains.

It has cancelled all trains between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central and running an amended service between Birmingham and York, Manchester Picadilly, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads.

Due to speed restrictions services are expected to take an hour longer than usual.

Storm Ciara: Amended timetable in place for rail passengers

Rail passengers are being warned to expect travel disruption with Storm Ciara expected to bring high winds across the West Midlands.

Trampoline on the railway line
Network Rail

An amended timetable has been put in place in anticipation of speed restrictions, said Network Rail.

While the strongest winds are expected on Sunday, disruption could follow into Monday morning, it warned.

Lineside neighbours are also asked to help keep the railway free of any unexpected debris by tying down or clearing away garden furniture and trampolines, it added.