Wales weather: Flood warning extended overnight

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A Met Office warning of heavy rain for Wales has been extended overnight, with an accompanying risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Up to 2 ins (50mm) of rain is expected over 24 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, as a band of heavy rain sweeps northwards.

Forecasters say the the heavy rainfall is expected to be worse across the south, mid and north east of Wales.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) urged people to take care.

A yellow weather warning was in place earlier on Tuesday but later extended by the Met Office.

It said parts of Wales could even see flakes of snow, with temperatures a little chillier than average.

"It's only where you get the really heavy rain so the main risk will be Wales, mainly over the hills but not just the hills depending on how heavy the rain will be," said a spokeswoman.

A BBC weather presenter said: "Really the persistence of the rain is causing concern especially across south mid and northeast Wales.

"We could see totals of 30-50mm which brings a risk of localised flooding and some strong winds as well. Gusts of 35mph were recorded off Mumbles today."

Rain may turn to sleet or snow on Tuesday night across the south east, the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.

"The rain is more likely to cause disruption," the presenter added.

"Twenty four hours of persistent rain brings a lot of surface water. We're in for a hideous day especially across the south and east."

The rain is expected to ease on Wednesday morning and a drier, brighter day will develop although but there will be some scattered showers, the forecaster said.

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