People wanting to get home for Christmas face major disruption as strong gales and torrential rain threaten to cause travel chaos.
Severe weather warnings are in place for much of the UK today until 9am on Christmas Eve, threatening to cause localised flooding across southern England and Wales.
Strong winds are expected across much of the UK, with winds of up to 80mph in coastal areas of southern England, while Scotland is braced for sleet and snow storms and icy roads, the Met Office said.
Train operators are warning of widespread delays, disruptions and cancellations, and have made contingency plans with bus firms.
Speed restrictions are also likely on some routes, Network Rail said, and many train companies are advising passengers with tickets for today to travel earlier than their booked time, or to wait until tomorrow.
The AA has also warned that road disruption is likely, and advised drivers to avoid any flood water.
The Environment Agency urged people to check its flood forecasts and warned people to keep away from coastal promenades because of wet and windy conditions.
Six flood warnings were in place this morning, along with 73 less serious flood alerts, the majority in southern England.
The worst of the weather is expected to be clear by the end of Christmas Eve, the Met Office said.