HEAVY rain caused treacherous driving conditions, road closures - and even cancelled Father Christmas's sleigh ride through a city suburb.

A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain was in place in the city today (Monday) as rain fell for most of the day.

Worcestershire Highways closed Honeypots Lane in Guarlford, Stocks Lane in Newland, both near Malvern, and Newland Road to Plough Lane in Oddingley, near Droitwich, this afternoon.

Continuous rainfall forced Worcester Lions to cancel its Santa Sleigh through roads in Claines.

A spokesperson said:  “Due to the awful weather (which is not intending to improve) we have decided to cancel tonight’s sleigh around Claines.

“We appreciate that this is disappointing, but it really is miserable out there.

“We will look at Santa’s calendar and see if he can make another date this month.”

Flooding on the railway line near Bromsgrove also led to commuter misery for Worcestershire residents trying to get trains to and from Birmingham.

A number of roads suffered flooding issues after heavy rain on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Worcester News: FLOODING: Flooded road in SidburyFLOODING: Flooded road in Sidbury (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

Among the roads affected were the A38 Rashwood, Pershore Lane, B4636 and A4440 in Worcester. 

In some places standing water built up roadside including Sidbury where cars driving through were splashing water onto the pavement. 

A Met Office yellow weather warning for rain was in place throughout Monday but was set to come to an end at 6pm.

A flood alert has been in place on the River Avon and the River Salwarpe, warning low-lying land and roads near the river could be affected by the flooding. 

Worcester News: RISING: River Severn levels risingRISING: River Severn levels rising (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

River levels on both were expected to remain high for most of this week, the warnings said. 

An additional alert, for Barbourne Brook, was issued by the Environment Agency after the heavy rain. 

That new warning said: "We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the Barbourne Brook from the M5 to Barbourne including Perdiswell and Blackpole Industrial Estate.

"Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high until Wednesday (November 6).

"We are closely monitoring the situation."

The River Severn had no alerts issued for it - but river levels have been rising there.

On Sunday morning the river level at Barbourne on the river had been 0.77 metres, but at 4pm on Monday night it had risen to 2.02m.

The Environment Agency was expected to issue further updates last night. 

The Met Office was forecasting heavy rain throughout Monday night and most of Tuesday morning. 

The rest of the week is expected to see light rain showers at times.