Met Office names Storm Arwen amid Amber Alert for severe weather

The Met Office named Storm Arwen; the low pressure system will bring high winds to most of the UK.

A Amber colored wind warning for north-east Scotland and England was added to the existing ones wider yellow warnings which apply on Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England and Wales, and for much of the United Kingdom – with the exception of the Southeast – on Saturday.

The amber warning is valid from Friday 3:00 p.m. to Saturday 9:00 a.m., with the strongest winds expected in coastal locations, where gusts of more than 120 km / h are possible in some places.

In addition to high winds and disruptive storms, Storm Arwen will bring snow to the plateaus of Scotland and northern England and a yellow snow warning will apply to part of Scotland on Friday. Some sleet and snow is possible over slightly lower ground in the UK later on Friday and Saturday, but this is likely to be short-lived.

Storm Arwen, a name chosen as part of the Met Office Name Our Storms’ collaboration with Irish forecasters Meeting with Éireann and the Dutch forecasters KNMI, will slowly move south across the North Sea on Friday, bringing severe storms in particular to the northeast, but potentially disruptive winds for much of the UK.

Dan Suri, Chief Meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “Storm Arwen is linked to a deep depression which will particularly affect the northeast from Friday, but is also likely to have a greater impact on the UK with strong winds, rain and some snow above high Floor.

The effects of Storm Arwen are mostly associated with high winds as the storm sinks south and will bring gusts of up to 65 miles per hour widespread in coastal areas, although they are slightly stronger in the northeast, with more than 120 in exposed locations Miles per hour are possible.

Storm Arwen carries the risk of travel disruptions, power outages and possible damage, especially in the amber area and near the coast where large waves could throw material on coastal roads, sea fronts and property.

On a trail across the North Sea, Storm Arwen is expected to retreat to the continent later on Saturday, leaving a drier day for many on Sunday, save for some lingering showers over the east coasts of England and Scotland. Some wet weather will also invade the far west later in the day, possibly preceded by some sleet and rolling snow over Northern Ireland.


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