A flood alert has been issued for Suffolk following heavy rainfall. 

The Environment Agency has said that flooding is "possible" as river levels continue to steadily rise following the downpours of Thursday. 

The Rivers Blyth and Walpole and Chediston, Bramfield and Wrentham watercourses are all at risk of flooding as the rain continues to fall.

This follows the news that hail was forecast for Halesworth and the surrounding area as the rest of the UK suffers from snow flurries and freezing temperatures. 

Very heavy rainfall has been forecast by the Met Office during Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning, 

Met Office Meteorologist Aidan McGivern described the weather as "messy" due to two competing air masses in the UK, causing rain and sleet to fall in the south of the country. 

Thursday afternoon saw some drier interludes but a second band of "heavy and persistent wet weather" has been forecast for the evening. 

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the Rivers Blyth and Walpole and will issue updates as and when they are necessary.