BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of 10cm of snow
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The Met Office updated its weather warnings from yesterday to include ice, rain, snow and wind warnings, with most of the UK set to be battered by gale force winds which could reach up to 80mph in some areas. When the wind combines with snow and rain, drivers are also expected to have limited visibility on the roads, causing a meteorologist to warn commuters to only drive if necessary.
Speaking about drivers conditions on Tuesday, the Met Office’s Simon Armitage told Express.co.uk: “Strong winds accompanying the snow will cause blizzards and drifting and poor visibility.”
The meteorologist advised drivers to consider whether their journey was essential before heading out onto the UK’s roads.
“If not it is probably better to put it off for another day,” he said.
“Particularly when that rain comes in association with that wind there will be some really difficult driving conditions around.
“Only go out if you need to because it’s not worth taking the risk.”
Tuesday’s snow, which is expected to start around 11am, will stretch from the Pennines to the Highlands of Scotland, travelling over much of Cumbria on the way.
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Before the snowfall, which could include as much as 20cm in places, much of the affected area has been hit with an additional ice warning.
The Met Office’s meteorologist told Express.co.uk the ice warning showed “we are basically in the calm before the storm”.
However, the ice warning is only expected to last until 9am.
In contrast, wind and rain warnings are forecast to affect all parts of the UK.
Mr Armitage said: “Everywhere will see a spell of rain, definitely.
“Everywhere will certainly see strong, possibly gale-force winds.
“Only the high ground further north will see the snow but the whole of the country will feel the force of the storm as it comes through but thankfully not as bad as how southern Ireland will.”
The winds are expected to give Britain an extra winter bite as the chill effect could take parts of the UK closer to freezing in Tuesday’s December dip.
Mr Armitage explained: “For parts of Scotland, where temperatures are going to be 4 or 5C, it’s going to feel like -3 or -4C.”
In other parts of the UK, where temperatures are between 7 and 11C, conditions could feel closer to 4 or 5C.
Gusts are expected to reach speeds of up to 70 and 80mph in west Wales and along the south coast.
The Met Office has also issued a wind warning on Wednesday stretching along the Irish Sea.
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Northern Ireland and the south west of England will be areas particularly affected, with “severe” winds between 55 and 65mph forecast.
Rain is already falling over parts of Northern Ireland and will reach Wales and south west England over the next couple of hours.
The east and south east of England is also expected to be affected by rainfall.
But the Met Office’s meteorologist said this will not reach those areas until early this afternoon.
However, Mr Armitage did tell Express.co.uk conditions would turn milder at the end of the week.
“We start turning slightly milder as we go through the weekend, so temperatures coming back up to where they should be at this time of year, if not a degree or two above,” he said.
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