Arctic blast will strike this weekend: gale force winds, heavy rain, sleet and SNOW expected

The Met Office has warned Britons to prepare for Storm Arwen this weekend, when gale force winds, heavy rain, sleet and snow will hit the UK and see temperatures drop below average with lows of -2C.

The Met Office has issued an orange weather warning for the north east of Scotland and England, on top of the existing yellow weather warnings for Friday and Saturday. Forecasters said that “snow this weekend is possible almost anywhere, away from the far south.”

The orange warning will be in effect from 3 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday, with the strongest winds expected in coastal areas, where gusts of more than 120 km/h are possible.

Intense winds of up to 80-60mph around the rest of the country could cause travel chaos and power cuts on Saturday – with ferries, trains and road trips likely to be seriously delayed. A yellow snow warning will also apply to part of Scotland on Friday.

The Met Office has warned that the storm could close bridges and roads this weekend and see tiles blown off buildings. Within the amber area and near the coasts, large waves could see material being thrown onto coastal roads, seafronts and buildings.

It added: “It appears that gusts could be widespread, reaching 70 to 80 mph possibly in coastal areas, particularly parts of Scotland and north-east England.”

Forecasters said “there is a small chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets,” as well as “a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.”

Meteorologist Dan Suri, head of the Met Office, said: ‘Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system which will mainly affect the north east from Friday but also have greater impacts on the UK with high winds, rain and some snow likely over the high ground.

Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm moves south and brings widespread gusts of up to 65 mph in coastal areas, although slightly stronger in the northeast, reaching more than 120 mph. possibly in unprotected locations.’

Snow will fall in Scotland from today and south into northern England, East Anglia and Wales later in the week. Pictured, Dunsden, Oxfordshire today

A Met Office spokesperson told MailOnline: “We could see snow storms in the highlands. It will start snowing from today and showers may fall as snow today through Thursday. On Friday there will be a lot of rain in the northeast of Scotland and over the highlands that could fall as snow.

“If temperatures drop into Friday evening, there’s a chance we’ll see snow falling over higher elevations in Wales, the Pennines and a dash over East Anglia.”

He added: ‘There could be showers like snow on higher ground in Scotland. The wind is blowing in the north and west of Scotland. That cold front lasts all day and brings cold to the rest of the UK with widespread frost behind the cold front.”

Strong winds will hit most of the UK with only a small part of south east England avoiding a yellow weather warning.

He added: “The cold front is just hanging over the south at the moment. There will be showers in the north of Scotland and a chance of snow over the high grounds, but it probably won’t settle.

‘Otherwise it is usually dry. In the evening the rain will move to the northwest. There may be some snow on the edge of that in the cold air, but it will quickly turn to rain when it goes to Scotland and comes over warmer air.’

He said there will be a change on Friday, and weather warnings were issued for “strong winds” at 9:51 am yesterday. “A low pressure area is bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to the northern parts of the UK and extends to a wider area of ​​the UK through Saturday.”

“Together with the wind, we have heavier rain in Northern England and Southern Scotland. Later on Friday, that could start to fall as snow over the highlands, which is not unusual for late November.

‘Later in the evening the wet and windy weather will spread south. There may be a single flurry of snow in the south, but it’s unlikely to settle. It’s wet and windy in much of the UK. The peak wind speed is 80 mph and it is windy after a mild November. There are still leaves on the trees, so that can cause nuisance.’

A forecaster from the Met office said Friday would be “cold and unsettled with showers and occasional longer showers” and “frequently windy, with potential for severe storms in the west on Friday and Saturday.”

Temperatures will plummet this weekend with the 'feels like temperature' set at 0C and -2C in Scotland

The Met Office has warned that extreme winds this weekend could close bridges and roads and see tiles blown off buildings.  Pictured, a map of the wind direction

The Met Office has warned that extreme winds this weekend could close bridges and roads and see tiles blown off buildings. Pictured, a map of the wind direction

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Saturday

A wind warning was issued for Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday, before spreading to almost the whole of the UK on Saturday

Intense winds of up to 80-60mph around the country could cause travel chaos and power cuts on Saturday - ferries, trains and road trips are likely to experience serious delays.  Pictured, Arctic skies bring snow this week

Intense winds of up to 80-60mph around the country could cause travel chaos and power cuts on Saturday – ferries, trains and road trips are likely to experience serious delays. Pictured, Arctic skies bring snow this week

We see a car driving through the snow that was brought to Kelso, Scotland by Storm Darcy on February 10 earlier this year.  More snow could fall to the UK in the coming days

We see a car driving through the snow that was brought to Kelso, Scotland by Storm Darcy on February 10 earlier this year. More snow could fall to the UK in the coming days

November temperatures have been warmer than usual so far, especially in parts of eastern Scotland, which are expected to last through the weekend.  Pictured, a red deer in Bushy Park, London

November temperatures have been warmer than usual so far, especially in parts of eastern Scotland, which are expected to last through the weekend. Pictured, a red deer in Bushy Park, London

The BBC’s monthly forecast for November says that ‘a wave of colder Icelandic air will pour over the UK during the last 10 days of November’ and this could continue into early December.

‘A second push of colder Icelandic air’ is expected by the end of next week, causing temperatures to drop further,” the forecasts say, adding that “severe frosts may occur in some evenings late in the week.”

As temperatures drop, ‘some spells of showers and even some patchy snow showers’ could hit the UK, mainly in Scotland, and winds also pick up as the week progresses.

November temperatures have been warmer than usual so far, especially in parts of eastern Scotland, which are expected to last through the weekend.

The calm conditions have been cited as one of the reasons why so many migrants successfully cross the Channel from northern France.

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