HEAVY rain, floods and 60mph winds were expected to batter Cornwall on Christmas Eve – and Christmas Day is in with a chance of snow, according to the Met Office.
As the West Briton went to press early for the holiday, the Exeter-based centre had issued weather warnings for Monday and Christmas Eve.
Those travelling were warned they could face widespread disruption, but the heavy rain and gusts were expected to clear on Christmas Day, with sunshine and light showers predicted.
And there remained a glimmer of hope for a white Christmas after a spokesman confirmed a sprinkling of snow was a "real possibility" at higher altitudes such as Bodmin Moor.
A spokesman said: "There is potential for widespread gales with gusts of 70mph for much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, southern and north-west England.
"Cornwall could face up to 60mph winds.
"The public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel due to the very strong winds and also the risk of some flooding issues thanks to the heavy rain.
"On Christmas Eve, the rain will fall on already saturated ground. We want people to be aware of, what could be, dangerous driving conditions and just be prepared."