UPDATE: National Highways have announced the road has re-opened: "The A303 has reopened eastbound between the A37 A372 Podimore & A359 #Sparkford following the earlier flooding. Residual delays on approach are clearing. Thanks for your patience."

A SECTION of the A303 through Somerset has been forced to close due to flooding after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain last night on Sunday December 3.

The A303 is currently closed eastbound between the A37 A372 Podimore and the A359 Sparkford due to flooding.

National Highways resources are in attendance, and road users are advised to plan ahead and allow for extra journey time.

Travel Somerset added further information, stating: "A303 Eastbound closed, delays due to flooding from A37 (Podimore Roundabout, Podimore) to A359 (Hazelgrove roundabout, Sparkford)."

This morning, the Met Office weather warning was further extended, and the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for many areas of Somerset.

The Peasmarsh A358 is among many other roads in the county affected by the downpour - it is currently 'impassable' in both directions due to flooding from the Ilminster turn-off.

The A37 Ilchester Road through Chilthorne Domer is also closed due to a collision amid the poor driving conditions.