The violent storm – dubbed the Beast from the West by forecasters – has prompted South Western Railway and Northern rail firms to cancel trains after trees fell onto the tracks and stations were flooded due to heavy rain. Referring to an incident in Robertsbridge, Network Rail tweeted: “The tree that was blocking the railway between Robertsbridge and Battle has now been removed. However, whilst service recovers, trains may continue to be cancelled, delayed or revised.” As well as the strong winds affecting services, flooding also saw trains cancelled in areas such as Garrowhill and Dumbarton.
Northern Rail said in a statement: “Due to heavy flooding across parts of the rail network numerous routes are suspended/affected.
“Customers are strongly advised not to travel on affected routes today.”
Rivers around Gloucestershire are also subject to flood alerts, including the River Wye and River Severn.
The warnings could even see the nearby M5 and M4 motorways close, which would prove problematic with those attending the Cheltenham races.
An incoming snow bomb due to paralyse Britain in a matter of days had brought with it dangerous winds so strong trees have been ripped from their roots, crushing homes and putting lives at risk.
Those close to the coast also witnessed shocking scenes as colossal waves crashed into ports and harbours, while snow began to fall in the north of the UK.
It is expected up to 20cm of snow will fall in the next 48 hours.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “We’ve got quite a few weather warnings in place for today across the UK.
“In Scotland we are likely to see a good covering of snow above 200 metres or so where we could see 2cm to 6cm and perhaps as much as 10cm above 400 metres.
“It’s mainly higher ground but that will affect some of the routes that travel across the Highlands and central parts of Scotland.
“The other warning we have in force is for wind and that covers pretty much everywhere from north-west England down through Wales and then southern counties of England including London.
“Here we will see some pretty strong winds through the day gusting 45mph to 55mph quite widely within that area.
“The reason for all this is we have an area of low pressure which is moving its way in and that will continue crossing Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland.”
With snow soon set to blanket Britain, the bookies have cut odds to just 7/4 on this being a record-breaking month on the weather front.