Storm Barra UK weather forecast – Met Office yellow weather warnings across Britain with wind & snow to lash country

NEARLY ALL of the UK under yellow weather warnings for snow and wind on Tuesday

The Met Office has placed the WHOLE of England and Wales, and three quarters of Scotland, under a severe yellow weather warning for snow and wind.

A chilling map shows the extent of the affected area, with everyone from County Durham to Kent expected to feel the winter chill.

Heavy snow is expected across northern England and Scotland bringing likely travel disruption, especially over higher routes

Read our UK weather live blog for the latest news and updates….

  • Joseph Gamp

    Incoming Storm Barra is named

    The Met Office tweeted: "Storm Barra has been named by @MetEireann and is forecast to bring strong winds to much of the UK and snow to northern areas on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

    "Stay weather aware."

    The storm is expected to sweep across the UK and Ireland from midweek, with wind speeds of up to 45-50mph inland and up to 80mph in coastal areas.

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    What to expect from Wednesday's weather warning

    • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
    • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
    • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
    • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
    • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
    • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
    • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life

    Storm Barra to being wind and rain to Northern Ireland on Wednesday

    The Met Office has placed more yellow warnings on Wednesday for strong wnds and rain in Northern Ireland and

    The weather agency said: "Strong southeasterly winds will develop across Northern Ireland on Tuesday as Storm Barra moves eastwards across Ireland. Winds will gradually back easterly, peaking during Tuesday afternoon and evening before gradually easing.

    "Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 65-75 mph in exposed coastal locations. Meanwhile, persistent heavy rain will arrive on Tuesday morning. This will turn more showery during the afternoon, but these showers will be frequent and heavy, lasting overnight into Wednesday morning, before easing.

    "Accumulations of 20-30mm are expected quite widely with 40-50mm possible over higher ground. The combination of heavy rain and gale or severe gale force southeasterly winds will bring difficult driving conditions, and there may even be a short spell of snow over higher ground in the west on Tuesday morning.

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      Dense fog patches in the south eastern England, warns Met Office

      The Met Office: "There are some dense fog patches across southeastern England currently.

      "Take extra care if you are travelling on the roads.

      "Conditions will improve slowly through this morning."

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      Odds SLASHED on December being wettest ever

      LADBROKES HAVE SLASHED ODDS on this month going down as the wettest December ON RECORD.

      With Brits soon set to be battered by Storm Barra, the bookies have cut odds from 3/1 to just 2/1 on this being the wettest December EVER.

      Elsewhere, it remains a 1/3 shot that any part of the UK wakes up to a White Christmas.

      Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Record-breaking rainfall looks increasingly likely for this month, although the odds suggest a White Christmas is still very much on the cards."

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      Further details on tomorrow's HUGE yellow wind warning

      A deep area of low pressure moving in across the UK from the Atlantic is likely to bring high winds to many parts of the UK.

      Strong winds arriving into the west through the morning, spreading inland and reaching eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening.

      Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations.

      Strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.

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      What to expect from tomorrow's weather

      The Met Office has placed 90% of the UK under a yellow weather warning tomorrow for wind and snow.

      It means there will be:

      • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
      • Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
      • There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off
      • There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

      Nearly ALL of the UK under yellow weather warnings for snow and wind on Tuesday

      The Met Office has placed the WHOLE of England and Wales, and three quarters of Scotland, under a severe yellow weather warning for snow and wind.

      A chilling map shows the extent of the affected area, with everyone from County Durham to Kent expected to feel the winter chill.

      Heavy snow is expected across northern England and Scotland bringing likely travel disruption, especially over higher routes

      Met Office summary for today's weather

      The Met Office says: "Early rain in the north and west spreading eastwards, rain heavy at times with hill snow in the north.

      "Brighter conditions heavy, blustery showers then follows from the west.

      "Windy and feeling cold."

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        Energy Secretary to review firms' operations after Storm Arwen

        Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has warned power firms that the Government will review their operations following continuing outages caused by Storm Arwen.

        It comes as the Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 3,190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected as of 2pm on Sunday. This was down from 4,025 homes on Sunday morning.

        The majority of the impacted homes were in the north-east of England, the ENA added.

        Mr Kwarteng visited the North East on Sunday to survey the damage done by the storm. During a visit to a Northern Powergrid call centre in Penshaw near Sunderland, Mr Kwarteng told the PA news agency: "I think we can make the system a lot more resilient.

        "I had an experience on August 9 2019 when a million people in the South East were commuting and they had a power outage. Immediately after that we had a review and we looked at the system and we held the transport and train companies' feet to the fire and we have got a more resilient system.

        "That's exactly what I want to happen this time. We will have a review, we will see if the distributor companies have enough infrastructure, we may even have enforcement action if necessary."

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        Ofgem will take enforcement action against companies who fail to restore power

        The long delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it will take enforcement action against network companies which failed to restore power to customers quickly enough following the storm.

        It has also agreed with firms to lift the £700 cap on compensation which could be given to customers.

        The change will allow those affected to claim £70 for each 12-hour period they are left without power, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours.

        Chief executive Jonathan Brearley told the BBC Radio 4 programme: “We are deeply concerned about customers who for over a week have been without power.

        “We want to establish the facts and make sure we understand what has happened, whether the network companies have met their obligations. If they haven’t, we will take enforcement action.

        “We have clear expectations of how fast they should get people back on the system.

        “We do recognise the challenging circumstances those companies are in. But what we expect from the network companies is to be relentless in connecting people, but also to be putting support in place.”

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        Chilly temperatures

        Forecasters said Scotland will be cloudy this morning with outbreaks of rain and hill snow today, but drier and brighter by the afternoon with a few showers in the west.

        Northern parts of the UK will see highs of 6C while the south will see highs of 8C.

        Sunday will continue to be chilly with some showers in the east of England, but the west is set to have dry weather and some sunshine.

        Frost is expected in colder parts of the UK, including central and western Scotland where temperatures could drop to a freezing -3C and -5C.

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        How to watch December’s solar eclipse online

        Weather permitting, Nasa will be streaming the eclipse live on its YouTube channel.

        Nasa’s live stream should start at 1:30am EST (6:30am GMT) and aims to end at 3:37am EST (8:37am GMT).

        The view of the total solar eclipse will be from a camera stationed at the Union Glacier in Antarctica.

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        Clever towel hack to stop your car windscreen freezing overnight

        If you’re bored of spending an age de-icing the windscreen, one woman’s free tip will save you time each day – and all you need is an old towel. 

        She shared her nifty hack to TikTok, revealing she puts a towel over her windscreen overnight – which leaves her car frost-free in the morning. 

        It absorbs water and freezes instead of the windscreen, as she showed off her rock hard watermelon-themed towel, which she said was ‘like a crisp’. 

        She said: “When you put a towel on your windscreen to stop it freezing overnight.

        “It’s frozen itself.”

        So you can say goodbye to scraping ice in your gloves or boiling the kettle for warm water in winter.

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        What do you do if you hit black ice?

        • Stay calm
        • Do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice
        • Don’t brake
        • Try and keep the steering wheel straight
        • If your back wheels start to slide left or right very slightly turn the wheel the same way
        • If you turn in the opposite directing you risk skidding and spinning off the road
        • Slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator
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          Bookies slash odds on White Christmas

          BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

          It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

          Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

          The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

          London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

        • John Hall

          Forecast for Friday December 17 to New Years Eve

          Getting into the Christmas period, it is likely to be milder than earlier in the month, with temperatures near to above normal, although some colder spells remain possible.

          It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.

        • John Hall

          Bookies slash odds on White Christmas

          BOOKIES have slashed the odds of a white Christmas this year as the UK is already covered in snow.

          It may still be four weeks away but temperatures have plunged well below zero in the frosty aftermath of Storm Arwen – and there is more snow on the way.

          Experts reckon people in Edinburgh have the best chance at seeing snow on Christmas Day, with odds of 3-1.

          The Scottish capital is followed by Newcastle at 7-2, Belfast at 4-1 and Birmingham at 5-1.

          London is 13-2 for snow on the big day, while Manchester goes 11-2.

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          Forecast for Friday December 17 to New Years Eve

          Getting into the Christmas period, it is likely to be milder than earlier in the month, with temperatures near to above normal, although some colder spells remain possible.

          It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.

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          How is snow formed? 

          With snow hitting many parts of the UK, many people have been left asking… how does snow form?

          A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. This creates an ice crystal.

          As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of the snowflake.

          The intricate shape of a single arm of the snowflake is determined by the atmospheric conditions experienced by entire ice crystal as it falls.

          A crystal might begin to grow arms in one manner, and then minutes or even seconds later, slight changes in the surrounding temperature or humidity causes the crystal to grow in another way.

          Although the six-sided shape is always maintained, the ice crystal (and its six arms) may branch off in new directions.

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          Four-year-old amputee conquers all in wake of storm Arwen

          A four-year-old amputee hiked through snow and wind to become the youngest to scale Snowdon.

          Albie-Junior Thomas had his left foot amputated when he was 15 months old after he was born with a condition which made it deformed and his leg shorter.

          But it hasn’t stopped him – and he’s been charging around on his prosthetic since he was two, with dreams of one day competing in the Paralympics.

          And on Sunday – in the wake of Storm Arwen – he scaled 3,560ft to the peak of highest mountain in Wales on Sunday.

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          December could be wettest EVER, bookies say

          This December could be the wettest on record, new betting odds from Ladbrokes suggests.

          The bookies now make it just a 3/1 shot that this ends up being the wettest December EVER, with heavy rain forecast for the next week or so.

          Elsewhere, 5/4 says this month plays host to the coldest December on record as temperatures continue to drop across the UK.

          Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Brits have been told to prepare for more extreme weather, and there’s every chance this month breaks records for all the wrong reasons if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

        • John Hall

          What is a total solar eclipse?

          A total solar eclipse occurs when the Sun is entirely blocked out by the Moon.

          The Sun is exactly 400 times bigger than the Moon but it’s also 400 times further away from the Earth.

          These are the perfect ratios for the moon to completely eclipse the sun, provided the alignment on the Earth’s surface is exactly right.

          If an eclipse will be “total” when viewed from any point on the Earth, it is referred to as a “total solar eclipse”, even though it will only be a partial solar eclipse in other places.

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          Waze app notifies users of most recent road hazards

          Ruairidh Roberts, UK Country Manager at Waze, commented: “As parts of the UK have faced the effects of the arctic plunge and Storm Arwen, we urge motorists making essential journeys to be extra diligent.” 

          “At Waze, we are expecting delays around the country as the turbulent weather causes chaos on British roads. As a result, we’ve sent out push notifications to our app users, encouraging them to report hazards caused by the bad weather.

          “To report weather-related issues in Waze, users should tap the report button > hazard > weather, and select the option relevant to the event. Drivers can also use voice commands by saying “Ok Waze” and following the options to report weather disruption.”

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          Met Office releases '4cast' for today

          The weather agency has released it's '4cast' for Sunday.

          It tweeted: "Hoping to get outside at some point on Sunday.

          "Here's the #4cast with all the details of the weather."

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