An intense new storm is set to lash Brits with 10cm snow and heavy gales within days, according to a new weather warning.
The Met Office has officially named the storm which is set to thrash the UK with wind gusts of 70mph and a ‘five-day’ snow bomb in some areas.
The Meteorological Service Met Éireann has today (December 5) officially named the second storm of the season 'Storm Barra'.
A yellow weather warning for wind and snow is in place for most of the country next week, it comes days after Storm Arwen caused disaster and disruption.
Three people were killed during Storm Arwen, thousands of infrastructures were damaged and more than 100,000 homes were left without power.
The low-pressure system will move in from the west, with strong winds expected to affect the Republic of Ireland.
As the system weakens it will bring strong winds and rain, with the rain turning to snow across northern England and Scotland.
Frank Saunders is a Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office. He 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.”
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker said: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.
“Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.
“Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”
Their latest forecast warns: “A band of rain will turn to snow across Northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.
“2-5 cm is expected to accumulate quite widely across the area, but locally this could reach 10 cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.
“Strong southeasterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”
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