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Cheshire Police warns motorists of heavy rain tonight

Drivers advised to allow more time for journeys because of 'difficult driving conditions'

Motorists warned of difficult driving conditions due to possibility of heavy rain

Cheshire Police is warning motorists of heavy rain expected across the county tonight (Wednesday December 30) with the advice to allow extra time for journeys.

Police tweeted the message on a day when Scotland and Northern Ireland took the brunt of Storm Frank with thousands of homes left without power, together with widespread flooding and landslides.

A Met Office forecast had originally included Cheshire West and Chester in a yellow rain warning for today but this was later downgraded.

However, the possibility of any rain remains a worry for people living in low lying areas in the Lower Dee such as Farndon , Aldford , Pulford and Eccleston where a flood warning remains in place from Shocklach to Chester .

A woman struggles to control her broken umbrella during a Chester rain storm(Image: Ian Cooper)

And there were strong winds last night and this morning with reports of trees blowing down on roads including the A56 at Hapsford.

Cheshire Police tweeted: “Heavy rain expected across Cheshire tonight. Allow extra time for your journey with difficult driving conditions #StaySafe.”

Earlier, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service echoed a similar warning by tweeting a serious message with a humorous twist.

The service said on Twitter: “The weather outside is dreadful! If you don’t have to go out today we think you should stay in and finish off those Christmas chocolates!”

A BBC Weather report for the North West this evening and tonight states: “Rain, heavy at times will continue through the first part of the night. After midnight rain will clear to leave a chilly end to the night with clear spells and showers. Winds will strengthen toward dawn.”

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