The UK is bracing for the impact of Storm Eunice this weekend as the Met Office issued red and amber weather warnings for parts of the country. Now new weather maps show huge walls of snow and rain hitting northern parts of the UK tomorrow (February 18).
Wind speeds are expected to exceed 90 mph and the weather alert even comes with a potential threat to life warning. Forecasters advised residents to be prepared, secure garden furniture and bins and avoid parking near trees.
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The Met Office predicts that Storm Eunice will have a significant impact, particularly in Scotland as well as parts of South West England and South Wales. The forecaster said: “Rain clearing rapidly to the northeast across England and Wales while heavy snow in the north slowly subsides later. Unusually windy for much of the England and Wales with gusts and damaging disruptions.”
Weather maps from WX Charts show significant potential for snowfall in the north and windy weather across much of the UK. A yellow warning has been issued for snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with possible blizzard conditions in those areas. Snow will mainly be confined to higher ground, according to the Met Office, with up to 20cm expected in the Pennines.
Meanwhile, the red weather warning refers to strong winds in southwestern coastal areas where exposed areas could see gusts above 90 mph in the early morning hours. Inland, there could be winds of up to 80 mph. An orange weather warning for the windy creeks of London and most of England.
Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Following the impacts of Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will deliver damaging gusts in what could be one of the hardest hitting storms to affect parties. southern and central UK for a few years.
“The red warning zone indicates significant danger to life as extremely strong winds can damage structures and flying debris. Although the more exposed southern and western coastal areas may see gusts above 90 mph, winds will remain particularly strong further inland, with gusts between 70 and 80 mph mostly in the orange warning zone.
National Highways Road Safety Officer Jeremy Phillips said: “We encourage drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on their journey and to determine if their journey is necessary and may be delayed until conditions improve.If you intend to travel, then plan your trip and be extra careful, allowing more time for your journey.In high winds there is a particular risk for trucks, caravans and motorcycles, we therefore advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect steering and braking, and allow adequate clearance for high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcycles. In the event of persistent high winds, we may need to may be closing bridges to traffic for a period of time, so pay attention to closure warnings and follow signed detour routes.”
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An amber warning is also in place for wind across the UK and could disrupt power supplies and travel and damage buildings and trees. London will see gusts of up to 70mph and the weather warning in place predicts flying debris could pose a risk to residents. Roads could be closed and public transport could be disrupted. Prolonged power cuts could also affect parts of the country. Be careful and check weather warnings throughout the weekend.
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