Rare red weather warning and snow alert issued by Met Office

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The Met Office has issued a rare red alert, warning of a threat to life as Hurricane Arwen prepares to bring strong winds and snow.

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Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the first storm of winter is expected to hit parts of north-east England and Scotland with gusts of 80-90 mph.

There is a red wind warning for those areas between 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, when roofs can be blown off and flying debris can pose a life-threatening situation.

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The Met Office also expects power cuts and closure of roads, bridges and railway lines.

Snow warnings have also been issued for much of northern England and Scotland until 10 am on Saturday.

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Urging people traveling to take the weather into consideration, Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Day said: “The whole country is going to see haze conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that especially in the east of Scotland. Parts are witnessing some rough weather.”

The Met Office has named the storms behind their potential impact, with Hurricane Arwen being declared as the result of a red wind warning.

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said the areas most affected by strong winds would be mainly along the coast.

He added: “As Arwen continues to cause disruption, there will also be a chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the highlands of Scotland and northern England.

“There may also be some snow in the lowlands of northern England, although this is likely to be short-lived and fall as sleet or chilly rain.

“It comes about as temperatures drop below freezing during the night in rural Scotland and parts of England.”

The RAC has advised drivers to be prepared to slow down and be “very careful” when speeding vehicles or cyclists.

Spokesman Simon Williams said: “In extreme wind conditions, bridges can also close and trees can fall so it is important to allow extra time for travel.

“With colder conditions being predicted for strong winds, drivers should take the opportunity to prepare their vehicles for winter by checking oil and coolant levels, ensuring they have adequate good quality screenwash that Protects below minus 10C, as well as properly inflated tires with good tread.”

Additional reporting by the Press Association

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