The Met Office has issued a rare red alert warning of mortal danger as Storm Arwen will bring high winds and snow.
Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the winter’s first storm is expected to hit parts of northeastern England and Scotland with gusts of up to 80-90 mph.
There is a red warning for those areas for wind between 3 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, when roofs can be blown off and flying debris can be life-threatening.
The Met Office also expects power outages and closures of roads, bridges and railways.
Snow warnings have also been issued for much of northern England and Scotland until 10am Saturday.
Scotland’s Transport Minister, Graeme Day, urged people traveling to be mindful of the weather, saying: “The whole country will face stormy conditions, but the Met Office tells us eastern parts of Scotland in particular will face difficult weather. ”
The Met Office names storms based on their potential impact, with Storm Arwen proclaimed as the result of the red wind warning.
Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the areas hardest hit by the high winds are mainly coastal.
He added: “As Arwen is a nuisance, there is also a chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the higher elevations of Scotland and northern England.
“There may also be some snowfall in the lower reaches of northern England, although this is likely to be short-lived and will come in the form of sleet or winter rain.
“It’s due to a drop in temperatures, with parts of rural Scotland and England dropping below freezing at night.”
The RAC has advised drivers to prepare for strong gusts of wind by slowing down and being “very careful” when passing tall vehicles or cyclists.
Spokesperson Simon Williams said: “In extreme windy conditions, bridges can also be closed and trees can fall, so it is important to allow extra time for travel.
“As forecasters predict strong winds along with colder conditions, drivers should take this opportunity to prepare their vehicles for winter by checking oil and coolant levels, making sure they have plenty of good quality windshield wipers to provide protection well below minus 10C, and also on the right inflated tires with good profile.”
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