Thursday, 27 Jan 2022

Brits brace for ‘triple threat’ Storm Barra with warnings for snow, ice and wind

Storm Barra is set to cause meteorological mayhem this week as all of the UK is affected by a series of weather alerts.

The triple threat weather front is set to bring heavy snow, 70mph gales, and treacherous ice for a wintry Tuesday.

The Met Office has announced several weather warnings covering snow, ice, and wind for Brits over the next two days.

On Tuesday, heavy snow is expected to fall across northern parts of the country leading to traffic chaos and fears rural communities may be cut off.

Power cuts may also affect more Brits after thousands were left without electricity due to Storm Arwen last week.

More than 3,000 homes were powerless in the north east on Sunday evening, nine days after Storm Arwen hit.

The snow alert covers areas in Scotland, such as below Inverness, Perth and Glasgow.

Northern England is also affected, with parts of eastern Manchester, Carlisle and those living above Stoke-on-Trent under the alert – which is in place for 13 hours.

Snow is expected to fall from 11am in the morning and could continue throughout the entire day until Wednesday.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the weather forecaster, said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening.

"Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

However, the triple-threat storm is likely to bring heavy gales with all of England under a yellow weather warning.

High winds will cause delays to travel, including ferry, trains, road, and could affect flights from airports.

Coastal areas and seafronts will likely see crashing waves and bridges may issue speed restrictions due to the heavy gusts reaching up to 70mph.

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Wintry showers falling on wet surfaces and predicted to fall below freezing due to the chilly temperatures are likely to lead to ice.

Drivers are urged to take care on surfaces untreated or where rain washes off the preventative measures, like grit.

Those in the northwest and Scotland are most likely to be affected by the Met Office's Ice weather warning.

For Wednesday, rain and wind is likely to affect northern Ireland and batter the coast for those in southwestern parts of England.

All of Cornwall, Devon, Bath Portsmouth and south Wales are being warned of 70mph wind between midnight until 6pm.

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