UK weather: Met Office warns of heavy snow and 70mph winds

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind, snow and ice across parts of the UK.

Heavy snow is expected across northern England and Scotland on Tuesday (December 7) and could bring travel chaos.

Strong winds are also expected to hit much of the UK, including the South West, on Tuesday, adding to possible travel disruption and delays, Mirror Online reports.

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Snow is likely as temperatures plunge into single digits and strong gales sweep across northern and Scottish regions until Wednesday next week, according to the Met Office.

Yellow weather warnings issued for Tuesday (December 7)
Yellow weather warnings issued for Tuesday (December 7)

A Met Office statement reads: “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.”

Around 4,700 homes across northern England and Scotland are still without power supply – more than a week after the storm hit on November 26, according to energy industry bodies.

With work still ongoing to restore power, forecasters predict low temperatures of between 4C (39F) and 6C (43F).

Simon Partridge, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said yesterday: “In terms of the process of reconnecting power supplies and getting to remote areas, it’s not helpful – probably tomorrow being the best day and probably the first half of Tuesday as well, some decent conditions.

“Other than that, a fair bit of rain, some hill snow, and some reasonably strong winds – certainly aiding to slow down the process of reconnecting supplies and getting to the more remote locations to clear trees and so forth.

“It’s certainly not ideal, and the higher locations certainly will be seeing some more snow in the coming days.”

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