Torrential rain sparked flooding, landslides, road closures and railway disruption across England overnight.

A 'vast' amount of train services in the West Midlands were cancelled or delayed yesterday evening, the BBC reports.

More than 100 schools in the region have shut because of the terrible weather.

Threat-to-life weather warnings stretched from central Wales to Doncaster, running through the Midlands on Thursday night, with more than 140 flood warnings in place this morning.

A week's worth of rain was expected to fall in parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands, and Wales last night.

The Environment Agency has issued another 172 less serious flood alerts for England.

Last night, British Transport Police Birmingham tweeted: " @BTP @networkrail and @NetworkRailBHM strongly advise people NOT to travel today unless it's absolutely necessary. Due to adverse weather a vast amount of trains are being cancelled or delayed due to flooding & landslides."

A car stuck in the floods in Yorkshire overnight
Water shut this road in Beverley, Hull, last night

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "River flooding is expected to continue in the Lower River Don washland area of south Yorkshire through to at least Monday, where properties will continue to flood and there will be continued travel disruption.

"Also, river flooding is probable on Friday for the River Derwent in Derbyshire and the River Trent in Nottinghamshire on Friday. Properties could flood and there could be travel disruption."

Further flooding is possible across north-east and central England and Wales today.

The south-west and east of England could also see flooding.

Police advised drivers to take care on the roads
This vehicle was stranded in floodwater in Stainfield, Lincolnshire

Almost 50mm of rain fell near Tal-y-Maes, Wales, in the 24 hours to Thursday evening, and the 49.6mm recorded in Brecknockshire was almost matched by Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, which saw 48.8mm over the same period.

Steven Keates, forecaster at the Met Office , said rain was falling from Humberside, down to Devon and Cornwall, and when asked for Thursday night's outlook, said: "Here we go again.

"The same as what we had a week ago, persistent rain across that central part of the UK, falling on already saturated ground."

The rain arrived alongside cold temperatures in some place, as parts of the South West of England did not manage to climb above two degrees on Thursday, but floodwater remains the primary concern.

Road closures led to congestion across the country last night
A number of people have been trapped in vehicles in Oxfordshire

Mr Keates added: "There is a mix of snow in there, but it's not causing any major problems.

"It's all about the rain."

Machines were pumping 2.5 tonnes of water per second out of the Yorkshire village of Fishlake, according to the Environment Agency, as British Army soldiers helped reinforce flood defences.

Meanwhile, emergency services across England warned people to be careful and not drive through deep floodwater as rivers continued to swell.

Downpours flooded this station between Birmingham and Stratford
The downpours have caused chaos

More than 800 properties have been affected by the floodwaters so far, and people have been evacuated in Bentley and Fishlake.

Another Government Cobra meeting was held on Thursday evening to co-ordinate the ongoing relief.

The leaders of councils in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Bassetlaw and Kirklees have written to communities secretary Robert Jenrick.

British Transport Police and Network Rail said a "vast amount" of services were being cancelled or delayed in the West Midlands
A flooded street in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, completely underwater

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The council chiefs warned of "considerable and lasting damage" and urging more funding to help them cope with future flooding, the Guardian reported.

One woman found her bus ride was interrupted on Thursday afternoon as black floodwater streamed into the vehicle, near Lydney in Gloucestershire.

Stacey Gunter, from Bream, told the PA news agency: "All the water rushed up through the door as we went through the floodwaters.
"It was kind of nervous laughter all around. Poor old ladies couldn't get their feet off the ground quick enough."