THERE in increasing concern about the affects of heavy rain forecast for Herefordshire.

The Met Office has updated a yellow rain warning for the county.

The yellow warning means periods of rain and hill snow may bring some disruption to transport, and:

  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
  • Bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer
  • There will be spray and flooding on roads, probably making journey times longer

The warning comes applies from the beginning of Thursday (November 14) and lasts almost 24 hours.

Flood alerts are also currently in place for parts of the county.

The county had its first snowfall of the autumn/winter at the weekend.

Herefordshire Council/Balfour Beatty Living Places will be gritting priority routes in Herefordshire from 10pm tonight (Tuesday) as temperatures fall, bringing the possibility of black ice.

With rivers high and the land already sodden from recent wet weather, there are concerns about the impact of more rain on river levels.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcesteshire, said: "It's not ideal.

"Showers merging into longer spells of rain have already dropped another 30mm of rain over the top of the Wye catchment and around 20mm over the Severn.

"Rivers are reacting and there is a lot more rain forecast tomorrow and Thursday."