Blustery Britain hit by 65mph winds as ‘Storm Hannah’ sweeps across

Blustery Britain is thrashed with 65mph winds this morning as ‘Storm Hannah’ sweeps across Atlantic with eight inches of snow and -7C deep freeze set to arrive tomorrow

  • Britain will be hit by its second storm in a week on Saturday amid snow, heavy rain and strong winds
  • Storm will bring up to eight inches of snow to northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland 
  • System – which could be called Storm Hannah – will hit Wales and northern England with four inches of rain
  • Severe weather will arrive three days after Storm Gareth ripped up trees, delayed ferries and closed roads

Britain is bracing itself for a weekend of plunging temperatures combined with gale-force winds and heavy snow as the second storm in a week lashes the country.   

The storm, which the Met Office could name Storm Hannah, will bring up to eight inches of snow to northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland – along with four inches of rain to Wales and northern England. 

A new Met Office wind warning began at 5am today for eastern England with 65mph gusts throughout the morning. Top wind speeds overnight reached 68mph at Stormont Castle and 62mph in Liscombe and Capel Curig.

Forecasters are warning of delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes, combined with three separate warnings tomorrow for wind, rain and snow.

Temperatures could drop to -7C in the north tomorrow as a deep area of low pressure heads towards the UK from the Atlantic.

People are buffeted with wind and rain on the harbour wall at Porthcawl in South Wales yesterday amid severe weather conditions

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      A Yellow warning for wind is in force today across the northeast where there is a risk of gales, according to Met Office forecasters.

      Rain and drizzle will clear from most places today, but will linger across the south and southwest. Sunny spells and scattered showers follow, these heavy and perhaps thundery in the north and northwest.

      Met Office forecaster Matthew Box confirmed this weekend’s storm has not yet been named, but warned that Saturday would be ‘all in all a cold day in the North and a windy day in the southern half of the country’.


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      He told MailOnline: ‘We’ll see some strong winds affecting England and Wales, particularly coastal areas, through Saturday. The strongest of those winds will be affecting coastal areas of Cornwall and Wales.

      Stormy weather is expected across Britain this Saturday

      ‘It’s kind of a contrast to the northern half of the country. We’re expecting to see quite a lot of cloud and rain pushing across much of the country through the course of Saturday morning.

      ‘This is also going to turn to sleet and snow over the hills of Northern Ireland and northern England and the southern uplands of Scotland – and perhaps even the central belt of Scotland.’

      Mr Box told how as the low pressure centre pushes away, there could also be snow in the North East before wintry showers arrive in the West. He added: ‘It’s a day to take precautions and keep aware of the warnings.’ 

      More than 2,100 homes, offices and shops in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, were blacked out by the tail end of Storm Gareth this morning, along with nearly 200 properties in the Devon towns of Plymouth and Torquay.

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        Yesterday saw more ferocious rain and gales bringing down trees in some parts of the country following Storm Gareth


        The next storm is expected to arrive on Saturday (left), although it is not yet clear if it will be named Storm Hannah

        BBC forecaster Susan Powell said Gareth had now moved east to the North Sea, but warned of a ‘conveyor belt’ of stormy weather from the US that would bring strong winds with the chance of another named storm. 

        Where are the weather warnings for Saturday? 

        WIND: 4am until 9pm

        • Southern England and Wales
        • Gusts of up to 70mph

        RAIN: Whole day

        • Northern England and Wales
        • Up to 4in (10cm) on higher ground

        SNOW: 4am until 9pm

        • Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
        • Up to 8in (20cm) above 350m (1,150ft) and up to 4in (10cm) above 100m (330ft)

        Storm Gareth swept into Britain earlier this week, bringing gusts of up to 75mph on Tuesday night, while winds of more than 60mph were felt widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of yesterday.

        Three climbers died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, with a fourth taken to hospital with serious injuries. The group were caught by a river of snow and ice in a gully. 

        Queues of lorries around seven miles long formed along a section of a major motorway at Dover in Kent waiting for space on ferries and Eurotunnel crossings after severe weather disrupted cross-Channel crossings. 

        A tree falling on to overhead wires between Irvine and Kilwinning overnight caused disruption to trains between Glasgow and Ayr, but Scotrail confirmed yesterday afternoon that the lines had been repaired.

        Trains between Durham and Newcastle were also halted after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services, but reopened later yesterday.

        Some Virgin Trains services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and some between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled. There were also reports of trees blocking roads. 

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