Traffic and Weather Update

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Today is expected to be the busiest day on the roads, with an estimated 15million people across the country making their journeys home for Christmas.

Traffic chaos is expected to peak this afternoon.

Roads across the region are expected to be particularly bad due to the heavy rain of the last 24 hours.

The Environment Agency currently have no flood warnings in place although the River Nidd flooded at Knaresborough caravan park overnight.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain today with travel disruption and localised flooding expected.

The situation is expected to worsen tomorrow with an amber weather warning for further bands of heavy rain accompanied by strong winds expected across North Yorkshire.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Given that the ground is already saturated, the public should be prepared for the risk of localised flooding and disruption to travel.”

North Yorkshire Police are urging people to take care with their journeys.

Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Tim Madgwick tweeted this morning: “After hours of driving around the county, roads are getting worse lots of standing water. Slow down and get to your destination safely.”