Storm Arwen set to bring “potentially disruptive winds for much of the UK” this weekend
Storm Arwen – a low-pressure system set to bring high winds most of the UK this weekend – has been named by the Met Office.
A yellow weather warning covering large parts of the country, including Wrexham, is in place between 9am on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.
In some parts gusts are expected to reach 75mph in some coastal areas. Locally wind speeds of up to 45mph are expected.
As well as high winds and disruptive gales, the Met Office say Storm Arwen will bring snow to the high ground of Scotland and northern England and a yellow snow warning is in force for part of Scotland on Friday.
Some sleet and snow is also possible over some lower ground in the UK later on Friday and Saturday, but this is likely to be more short-lived.
Met Office Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will impact the northeast in particular from Friday, but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow probable over the high ground.
“Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm sinks southwards and will widely bring gusts of up to 65mph in coastal areas, although slightly stronger in the northeast, with in excess of 75mph possible in exposed locations.”
A Met Office spokesperson added: “Storm Arwen brings with it the risk of disruption to travel, power cuts and potential damage, especially within the amber area and near the coasts, where large waves could see material thrown on to coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.
“Following a track across the North Sea, Storm Arwen is expected to shift away into the continent later on Saturday, leaving a drier day for many on Sunday, barring some lingering showers over the eastern coasts of England and Scotland.
“Some wet weather will also move in to the far west later in the day, possibly preceded by some sleet and hill snow over Northern Ireland. ”
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