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  1. Increase in flood warnings across the West Midlands

    Dozens of flood warnings are in place in the West Midlands today with river levels still rising after this week's heavy rain.

    Map of flood warnings

    Fifteen are in Staffordshire, 10 in Herefordshire, eight in Shropshire and six in Worcestershire.

    The Environment Agency says it expects river levels in most cases to peak later on Thursday.

  2. Weather: Overnight flooding

    BBC Weather

    The effects of Storm Christoph are being felt in the West Midlands this morning, with flooding - and rescues - emerging overnight.

    Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire are the affected counties.

    We'll be bringing you the latest.

    For now, here's today's forecast:

    People in parts of Shropshire are being warned of icy conditions until at least 10:00. The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place.

    There are also flood warnings. We'll bring you news of those shortly.

    Area covered by weather warning

    Overall, this morning should be mainly dry and cloudy before turning more cloudy this afternoon. Relatively mild with a high of 7C/45F.

    Dry with clear skies tonight and it will be cold with a widespread frost. Low: 0C/32F.

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Free school meals scheme extended

    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

    Hundreds of children in Herefordshire are going to keep getting free school meals over the February half-term and in the Easter break.

    Meals being prepared

    The county council has said it will continue to support a scheme introduced last year to support vulnerable families over Christmas.

    Families will get meal provision up to the value of £15 for the week of half-term and £33 for Easter.

  4. Weather: Flooding alert with more rain forecast

    BBC Weather

    A yellow weather warning for rain remains in place across the West Midlands with the Met Office warning of possible flooding and disruption to transport.

    Along with the outbreaks of rain there will be brisk southwesterly winds and it will feel mild with a high of 11C/52F.

    Weather map

    More heavy rain is forecast tonight, increasing the risk of flooding but it should clear in the early hours leaving most places dry with clear spells. Low: 4C/39F.

    You can stay up-to-date on your local forecast with the BBC Weather website.

  5. Heavy rain expected to bring travel disruption

    Spells of prolonged and heavy rain are set to cause travel disruption across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

    Weather map

    Homes and businesses are also at risk of flooding, it said.

    The wet weather is expected to affect the region from late on Tuesday into early Thursday as Storm Christoph affects the UK.

    A yellow warning has been issued.

  6. Fifth of mask fines handed out by West Mercia force

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in Worcestershire has been covering these stories:

    • More than a fifth of fines handed out by police in England and Wales for people not wearing face masks have been issued by the West Mercia force. Figures from the National Police Chiefs Council show force officers issued 196 fines between 27 March and 20 December out of a total of 952 across the two nations.
    A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings
    • Dozens of homes could be built on farmland in a Worcestershire village under new plans. A developer wants to demolish a cottage and outbuildings on the site on Woodhall Lane, Ombersley, and has submitted an application to Wychavon District Council.
    • A plan to build affordable housing on a former golf course looks set to be approved. Worcester City Council's planning committee will consider the proposals for part of the old Tolladine course on Thursday.
  7. Weather: Turning cloudy with rain later

    BBC Weather

    It'll be bright at times this morning but will turn mainly cloudy for most parts of the West Midlands later on. It will be mostly dry and breezy with a high of 7C (45F).

    This morning in Leek, Staffordshire
    Image caption: This morning in Leek, Staffordshire

    This evening it should stay cloudy and breezy with some showers moving in from the south west. The rain will turn persistent in the first half of tonight before easing. Low: 6C (43F).

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

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  9. Weather: Rain, with some sleet in places

    BBC Weather

    Today we're going to see more rain, some of it heavy, and maybe sleet too.

    And it's going to be colder than yesterday, with temperatures only just above freezing.

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    Video caption: Covid-19: A-level pupils on remote learning challenges

    With schools closed to most students, young people are getting to grips with remote learning.

  11. Weather: Light rain forecast

    BBC Weather

    We're forecasting some light rain today, but it should be a bit warmer than yesterday with temperatures up to 8C (46F).

    Tomorrow we're expecting more of the same, but Friday should be drier.

  12. Weather: Another cold and overcast day

    BBC Weather

    It's forecast to be overcast and cold again today, with temperatures not rising much higher than 5C (41F).

    Tonight the temperatures could drop to freezing again.

    Swan on icy lake