HAMPSHIRE is today preparing for yet another lashing from the elements after forecasters warned of heavy rain, sleet and even snow.

Up to 20mm of rain could fall in parts of the county this afternoon leading to flooding on land already drenched by weeks of relentlessly wet weather.

But the dismal conditions could take a fresh twist over night tonight when a bitter blast is expected to roar in from the east bringing sleet and even wet snow.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued during daylight hours today. But with temperatures due to tumble overnight another yellow warning for icy roads has been put in place.

Some higher areas could see a dusting of snow tonight as the arctic blast sweeps in and drivers are being warned to take care on slippery roads.

The ice warning remains in place tomorrow as the first chill of the winter begins to bite and the mercury dips towards zero.

And there is no let up for beleaguered residents with further yellow warnings for rain in place on Friday and Saturday.

A very deep area of low pressure is set to move in across southern England bringing up to 60mm of rain in 48 hours coupled with gale force winds and yet more flooding.