‘Danger to life’ weather warning as wind and rain batter Brits as snow hits UK
7th December 2018

Britain will be hit by strong winds and heavy rain today as ‘Storm Deirdre’ blows in from the Atlantic.

Northern parts of the country will be the worst hit by the unsettled weather system which could see snow in elevated areas.

Squally conditions will then give way to freezing cold temperatures for much of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Worst hit by the Nordic blast will be Central Scotland, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eileen Siar, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, Southwest Scotland and Stratchclyde.

Parts of England, Scotland and Wales could also see heavy rainfall and flooding as the tail end of the stormy front dumps 20-40 mm of rain over a period of several hours.

The Met Office says flying debris could pose a "danger to life" put a yellow warning in place from 1am to 9am Friday morning for northern parts of the country.

Forecasters have warned commuters that journeys may be disrupted as roads and bridge crossings are closed.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A deep depression will move eastwards across northern Scotland on Friday bringing widespread gales.

“Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts of 70-80 mph in exposed locations across northwest Scotland.

“Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland.”

"Spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40 mm of rain over a period of several hours.

“Coming on top of some recent very wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain quickly clears early Friday morning.”

Susan Powell from the BBC said: “The Atlantic is proving fairly generous at the moment with its offerings of low pressure ploughing into western Europe, looks like it’s just been one after the other in the last week.

“Some signs of things in the west just calming down a little by the time we get to Saturday and Sunday, but for the next 48 hours, low pressure it is, and that means some spells of heavy rain at times, also some strong winds.

“I think the worst of the rain perhaps for the UK and Scandinavia on Thursday.

“Further east we’ve still got the remnants of another low, it could bring some quite heavy rain into Turkey, but across the mountains some heavy snow.

“A little feature developing in the centre of the Med, bringing some rain into central Italy that will affect Rome.”

“Friday sees the deeper low pressure centre though if anything, sweeping towards the UK, so that will bring the stronger winds. It is mild though across western Europe, thanks to that Atlantic influence.

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