Storm Arwen Latest News: Rare red weather warning as the Met Office warns of snow
UK weather: the latest forecast from the Met Office
Forecasters urged the public to be aware of the possibility of strong winds from 3 pm on Friday to 2 am on Saturday with the first winter storm of the season expected to hit the country.
Storms of up to 100mph are forecast with the alert, which runs along the east coast from Newcastle upon Tyne to beyond Aberdeen, warning of flying debris that could lead to a “danger to life”.
The Red Alert also warns of possible damage to buildings and homes, with roofs smashed and power lines down. Storm Arwen is moving out of the North Sea and will begin to travel south before it abates on Sunday.
The forecaster says: “Do not go to the coast.”
Graham Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, warned people to stay away from the affected area, saying the forecaster did not “issue red warnings lightly.”
The red alert – the first maximum alert issued since Storm Dennis in February 2020 – means the impact is likely to be severe.
I would like to stress the risks to coastal communities. We’re talking about wave heights that are really exceptional. “I kind of heard nine to ten meters of waves in the sea, which, you know, is particularly noteworthy,” said Mr. Madge.
“We are looking at the vulnerabilities of people like coastal fishermen, for example, beach fishermen, people who visit in order to get images, all of these communities need to be especially vigilant and assess the risks.
“And obviously, don’t go if they feel there is any danger to themselves or others by being there.
“People need to be aware of the fact that, you know, we don’t give red warnings lightly, so when we feel like there’s a lot more risk than there is a risk.
“Obviously we’re urging people to take action as a result, and that action in this case probably doesn’t go to the coast.”
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 14:01
How is it expected to go off Friday night and Saturday morning
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 13:46
The Met Office says snow is likely in central and southeast England as well
Snow is also expected in parts of central and southern England tonight.
Once again, here’s the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for the area:
Central and southeast England will also get a slightly late yellow warning for snow from midnight Friday until 10:00 am on Saturday.
While this is expected to be mostly rain, there is a chance that this could turn to snow in some places, even to low levels.
There is a chance of 2 to 5 centimeters and maybe up to 8 centimeters on higher ground.
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 13:31
Expect up to 15 cm of snow for higher elevations in Scotland and northern England
In addition to high winds and damaging storms, Storm Irwin is also expected to bring snow to the highlands of Scotland and northern England.
Yellow snow warnings were issued late Friday and early Saturday.
Here are the Met Office’s forecasts for snow in these areas:
Southern Scotland and northern England have a yellow snow warning in effect from 17:00 until 10:00 on Saturday, although rain is expected at lower levels.
Within snow warning zones, it is possible for snow to reach 10 to 15 cm above higher ground.
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 13:16
Strong winds blowing across the east coast of Scotland and northern England
Here’s the Met Office’s view of how strong winds are expected to blow southward along the Scottish coasts and north-east England.
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 13:01
Met office raises wind warning to amber
Meteorologists at the Met Office boosted their wind warnings across parts of the country, raising them from a yellow warning to an amber warning.
“There was an extension of the amber warning to include parts of the west coast and south of Wales, and parts of the southwest coast. Both are now covered by amber warnings where they were originally yellow,” Met Office spokesman Graham Madge said.
“Also the fact that we have a warning of possible snowfall across parts of central and southeast England. We are not expecting heavy snow in that area tomorrow, but there is an increasing indication of the possibility of snow in that area. It may not stabilize but could be a driving hazard” .
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 12:51
Rare red weather warning and snow alert issued by the Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a rare red alert, warning of a danger to life as Storm Irwin is set to bring strong winds and snow.
Forecasters warned of travel chaos as the first storm of winter is expected to hit parts of northeastern England and Scotland with gusts of up to 80-90 miles per hour.
A red wind warning was issued in those areas between 3 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, as roofs may crack and flying debris may be life-threatening.
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 12:45
Welcome to The Independent Renewed coverage of Storm Arwen, which is approaching the UK over the North Sea.
Tom BatchelorNovember 26, 2021 12:39