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Storm Barra named as UK prepares to be hit by heavy snow and 70mph winds

Forecasters said rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland, the Met Office said. A series of severe weather warnings for wind and snow have been issued

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BBC weather: Rain set to turn into snow

The Met Office has officially named Storm Barra as parts of the UK prepare to be hit by heavy snow and 70mph winds at the beginning of next week.

Forecasters said rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland on Tuesday.

A series of severe weather warnings have been issued for wind and snow.

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders 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.”


With Storm Barra, snow and winds are expected around the country
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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.

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

Storm Barra is the second named storm of the season – after Storm Arwen, which saw 100mph gusts hit the British Isles, caused power outages around the UK.

Storm Barra has been named by the Met Office
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Now, more than a week after the devastating storm, thousands of homes in the country are still without power.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 4,025 homes were still waiting to be reconnected this morning – down from 4,700 homes on Saturday night.

The majority of the impacted homes are in the north-east of England, the ENA added.

Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng isited Durham to survey the damage done by the storm.

He said that it is “totally unacceptable” that some people are still without power.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “I completely accept that this is totally unacceptable. It’s wrong and bad for people to be off power for such a long time.

“That’s why I’m here to make sure that we can get people back on as quickly as possible.

“As I’ve said, for 99.5% of people they’re back on, but for the ones that are still having to put up with this is is unacceptable.”

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