What weather to expect in York today – real time updates

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Preparations continue ahead of Storm Dennis

City of York Council and partners are putting in place all the Ouse’s flood defences to protect homes, businesses and keep York open for business as usual ahead of Storm Dennis’ arrival.

With an unusual combination of high rainfall, snow melt and saturated ground, river levels are predicted to rise.

As a result, the council will be putting in place all flood defences along the Ouse over the next 24 hours.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for Climate at City of York Council, said:

“With significant rainfall and strong winds forecast this weekend, and the unpredictable levels of snow melt, we are closely monitoring the situation.

“We are as confident as we can be that our flood defences will protect those homes and businesses at risk. And we’re taking precautions to keep our fantastic city open so residents and businesses can enjoy all York has to offer, including this weekend’s Jorvik Viking festival.

“We are contacting individuals and communities along the Ouse identified as being at risk if river levels continue to rise as expected.

“We’re also closing some car parks to make sure that cars don’t get trapped in any flooding which occurs – but we’re opening up new spaces for visitors, coaches and of course residents in flood zones to move their cars. 

“We ask that people continue to keep an eye out for the latest information and alerts from the environment agency, and look out on friends and neighbours who may need support. And above all, stay well away from the rivers and flood water.

“Huge thanks go to staff and key services who are working tirelessly to keep York safe.”

An amber rain warning is in place from the Met Office, meaning localised surface water could affect roads in the area. Residents are advised to check local travel advice, leave extra space for all types of vehicles and never drive through flood water.

For information on the Viking Festival – and other fantastic things to so in York in wet weather – visit www.visityork.gov.uk

Changes to parking

The council is also closing some car parks which are usually affected by flooding, and providing alternative parking elsewhere in the city.

Esplanades, Rowntree Park and St George’s Field car parks will be closed from today. Anyone already parked in the car parks can continue to park there but must remove their car by the end of the day.

Park and Ride sites remain the best option for day visitors, and the council is opening Moor Lane car park 24/7 primarily for coaches, which will be free of charge until St George’s field coach park is operational. 

Coaches can continue to park in Union Terrace car park as normal.

Any residents in an area along an Ouse flood zone can move their cars into any of the remaining car parks or neighbouring resident parking zones, including businesses but must display their parking so they will not be charged.

Stay up-to-date with the latest storm information related to York at www.york.gov.uk/floods

Met Office – Red warning of rain in York area for rest of Saturday. Football and race meetings cancelled

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“Heavy and persistent rain will continue to affect western parts of both West and North Yorkshire through the course of Boxing Day. The heaviest rain is expected to occur this morning, before easing for a time this afternoon. A further spell of heavy rain is then likely this evening before a clearance takes place from the northwest.

Please take action to remain safe and protect property: widespread flooding will lead to high levels of disruption to travel, deep, fast-flowing watercourses and an associated possible danger to life.

A band of rain has become slow-moving across the region. 30 to 60 mm of rain has already fallen widely, with a further 30 to 50 mm expected in some places. Some upland areas may see around 120 mm over the entire event, including the rain that has already fallen. This is expected to lead to widespread river flooding, whilst the shorter-period accumulations will result in high impacts from surface water flooding”. Met Office

  • Wetherby race meeting cancelled
  • York City v Northampton postponed


Services affected due to severe wind in York

Due to severe wind today and safety concerns, 9 January, City of York Council has made the decision to close Shambles Market in Parliament Street.

Recycling and refuse collections are taking place in York today as normal. The high winds mean that although the collection crews are doing their best, there will inevitably be wind blown debris.

The council have redeployed street cleansing and grounds maintenance staff to assist in the clear up operation, they will be doing their best to clear windblown items in the areas affected.

Updates on any closures and affected services will be uploaded on to http://www.york.gov.uk/throughout the day.