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Storm Barra to batter Brits with 4 inches of snow and severe 70mph winds

The Met Office has issued several severe weather warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra on Tuesday, with big waves, heavy rainfall, strong winds and snow expected

BBC weather: Rain set to turn into snow

The UK is set to be lashed with strong winds and heavy rainfall in a miserable start to the week, before a strong storm hits.

A deep area of low-pressure moving in from the Atlantic on Tuesday, named Storm Barra, will bring with it seriously strong winds.

The day before the weather system hits, the British Isles will be battered by another great column of low-pressure which will bring with it hours of rain.

From the early hours of Monday to late afternoon, the band of rain will sweep across the country from West to East.

At its worst it will be dumping 16mm of rain on parts of the UK.

The soggy start to the week will be a mere warmup act for what Storm Barra will bring however.

Snow is forecast to fall on northern England and Scotland on Tuesday
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As the system moves in from West, the strongest winds and impacts are expected to affect the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Wind speeds will reach 70mph in some coastal areas, whipping up the sea into great waves.

England, Scotland and Wales won’t escape the storm’s ire completely.

Heavy rain will drive down in Wales and the southern half of England, which cold weather will turn to snow and sleet in the North and Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a series of yellow weather warnings for wind and snow for most of the UK.

The inclement weather could be particularly bad news for those who are still without power following Storm Arwen.

The strong winds could whip the sea up into big waves, particularly off the coast of Ireland
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More than 3,000 homes – most in the North East – were still powerless on Sunday evening, nine days after the storm hit.

The Met Office says there is a chance of more power outages and a “slight chance” rural communities could be cut off.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the weather forecaster, said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening.

“Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Yellow weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday
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The combination of strong winds and several hours of snow will cause flakes to drift across the night sky in the highest routes, leading to particularly bad visibility.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker said: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.

“Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.”

He added: “Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”

Weather forecast for the next three days

Monday:

Rain continuing eastwards, some snow chiefly on hills in the north and east. Clearer conditions with blustery showers following, showers perhaps heavy with hail, thunder and hill snow.

Tuesday to Thursday:

Unsettled and showery throughout. Very windy with gales, or severe gales on Tuesday with longer spells of rain, turning to snow over high ground in the north.

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