Snow forecast for UK as Storm Arwen brings winds of up to 75mph

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Swaths of Britain are set to be battered by thunderstorms later this week as Storm Arwen brings winds of up to 75mph.

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The Met Office has issued a weather warning covering much of the UK for Saturday, with coastal areas suffering the most.

Forecasters say strong winds could cause some disruption in travel and damage in the worst-affected areas.


An Amber Alert issued for northeastern Scotland and northeastern England says “flying debris is likely and may cause injury or life-threatening injury”.

The Meteorological Department said longer travel times are “likely” in those areas, with rail, air and ferry services potentially disrupted.

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A yellow warning for most of England, including the South-West, Midlands, East and North, says Storm Arwen will bring speeds of up to 65mph to cities such as Plymouth, Bristol, Norwich, Manchester and Newcastle.

Dan Suri, chief meteorologist of the Meteorological Department, told Granthshala: “Hurricane Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will particularly affect the Northeast from Friday, but will also bring widespread effects to the UK with highs and rain.

“Hurricane Arwen’s effects are primarily associated with higher winds as the storm sinks to the south and will bring speeds of up to 65mph across widespread coastal areas, although slightly stronger in the northeast, over 75mph is possible in exposed locations.”

Parts of the UK are also set for a splash of snow this weekend as the bite of an Arctic eruption, with temperatures heading towards freezing.

Along with strong winds and rain, the low pressure system will cause snow in the mountainous areas of the north on Friday.

The chilly mix of rain and snow is forecast to continue till Saturday, with snow possible anywhere except in the far south, though accumulation is likely to be confined to the hills.

On Friday, a maximum of 8C is expected in the south, while the mercury will struggle to move above 7 in the north.

Going into Saturday, forecasters expect similar temperatures, although bitter Arctic winds coming from the north will feel like -2C in central Scotland and 0 in and around London.

Sunday will be mainly dry and sunny, although during the day the northern and western regions will see a dense cloud cover with a chance of rain later.


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