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Storm Barra: BBC Weather forecasts wet and windy conditions

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The Met Office has issued yellow weather and wind warnings for large areas of the UK today as Storm Barra – the second named storm of the season – prepares to wreak chaos and disruption. Strong gales and rain is forecast for most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whilst Scotland is bracing itself for more snow showers.

Just over a week on from when Storm Arwen battered areas of the UK, a second storm is due to cause havoc again today.

On Sunday, the Met Office named a low-pressure system moving in from the Atlantic Ocean as Storm Barra.

The storm is predicted to make its way inland and continue the theme of wet and windy weather that large parts of the UK witnessed at the start of this week.

So, where is Storm Barra forecast to affect and which areas are due to feel its impact the most?

The Met Office has issued several yellow wind warnings for England, Wales and Northern Ireland today.

The earliest of these came into effect from 6am this morning and all are due to last until we enter Wednesday.

Gales of up to 70mph are expected in some places, with widespread disruption across communities a strong possibility.

Frank Saunders, a Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, 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 to 50mph are expected widely, with 60 to 70mph in exposed coastal locations.

“The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

In addition, a yellow snow warning is also in place for parts of Scotland and northern England – including Carlisle and Bradford.

Here, a band of rain is expected to turn to snow from 11am onwards today, giving up to 10cm of snow in some places.

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The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings for parts of south and south east England.

Currently, 37 flood alerts are also in place which are mainly all associated with coastal areas of the UK.

Storm Barra arrives just 10 days after Storm Arwen – the first named storm of the season – created havoc and affected power supplies to around one million homes, some of which are yet to regain power.

Arwen also claimed the lives of three people, across the UK, who had been struck by fallen trees.

Storm Barra was named by Met Eireann – the Irish equivalent of the Met Office – due to the level of impacts the storm is predicted to have across the Republic of Ireland.

Suggestions for storm names are sent in by the UK public and then selected by the Met Office, Met Eireann and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

For the 2021 to 2022 season more than 10,000 submissions were sent in by the UK public.

Other names that were selected include Dudley, Gladys and Olwen.

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