UK snow forecast: Met Office issues urgent ice warning as 80mph Storm Barra set to dump EIGHT INCHES in blizzards chaos
THE Met Office has issued an urgent ice warning as 80mph Storm Barra is set to cause blizzards bringing up to eight inches of snow.
Forecasters predict the 1,000-mile wide storm will bring snow, strong gales, and freezing temperatures.
Almost all of the UK is covered by yellow weather warnings for snow, ice, and wind, with a five-day deep freeze on the way.
The Met Office upgraded its warnings to add an alert to drivers about icy roads from Monday evening at 9pm to Tuesday at 9am.
Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It looks a nasty weather system, with low pressure deepening rapidly. It's going to be very windy.”
Exact Weather’s James Madden said: “Tuesday will see an extensive and rapidly deepening area of low pressure working its way northwards across the country initially bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
“This will turn to snow as the storm system meets colder conditions across the UK.
“With the storm coinciding with snow, we could see a ‘snow bomb’ effect where heavy snow erupts suddenly with stormy conditions.”
Currently, there are 36 flood alerts in place as heavy rain is also expected to hit the country.
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The Environmental Agency said: “River, surface water and coastal flooding is possible on Tuesday and Wednesday due to spells of heavy rain and strong winds.
"Properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”
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Thousands of homes are still without power after several areas of Scotland and northern England were hit by storm Arwen a few days ago.
Those affected will be reconnected "by tomorrow at the latest", the Prime Minister has said.
Boris Johnson said he spoke to the chief executive of Northern Powergrid on Monday, and that he had been told of the new target.
But a deadline set on Wednesday last week had already been missed as MPs heard there was something "seriously wrong" at the supplier.
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