MOTORISTS will face a treacherous journey to work this morning as yet more torrential rain sweeps across Hampshire.

Heavy downpours breaking out this morning have caused large areas of surface water on the roads with intense bursts are set to continue throughout the day.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain as a deep area of low pressure bears down on the region.

Around 20-30mm if forecast to descend on the county today bringing thundery storms and hail showers before easing off tonight.

A number of flood warnings are in place in communities already suffering from the winter floods.

Warnings are in place at Romsey where several roads have been closed over the past few weeks due to flooding from the River Test, although waters have receded significantly in recent days.

Flood alerts are also in place on the River Meon at Wickham and Stubbington, near Fareham, and Winchester where the River Itchen has already caused severe flooding respectively.

There is also a warning of tidal surges on the Isle of Wight Coast.

The rain will ease off at around 6pm and winds will be light throughout the day.

Met Office weather forecaster Charles Powell said: “There will be frequent heavy showers throughout the day.

“Many will be torrential and there is a chance of hail.

“There will be surface water on the roads and visibility is likely to be poor from the surface spray and intensity of the rain.

“We advise drivers to give themselves extra time on their journeys and not to rush.”

Clear skies will return overnight followed by a cold crisp morning with the likelihood of a mild frost and potential patches of ice.

The next few days are expected to be dry but a weak band of rain is forecast for Thursday and the coming weekend.