Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warning – Wind

Issued at: 18:07 on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Valid from: 18:10 on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Valid to: 10:00 on Thursday 11 December 2014

Gales, severe in places, especially for exposed coastal areas in the west, will continue overnight with gusts to 65 or 75 mph in places, only gradually easing through Thursday morning. In tandem with this, the very high waves will only very gradually subside.

At the same time, frequent wintry showers (away from western facing coasts) will bring additional hazards in the form of both snowfall and ice. Thus the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel from a number of factors, with ice and snowfall likely to become rather more problematic by morning.

This is a further update to warnings issued over recent days, emphasising a gradual reduction of wind speeds early on Thursday but at the same time, prolonging the risk of impacts due to snow and ice into the mid-morning period.

Chief Forecaster’s Assessment

Very strong winds will continue for some time yet across northern and central parts of the UK, as the deep low transfers slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland. Wintry showers are also expected to give some significant snow accumulations, mainly for higher-level routes in Scotland and the north Pennines. Here, above 200-300m, expect 5 to 10 cm of snow for parts of Scotland (but more on the mountains) and perhaps 2 to 4 cm over the higher trans-Pennine routes. Icy conditions are also expected to develop where skies clear inland between showers.

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