All the Met Office weather warnings in place as Storm Eunice hits on Friday



Storm Eunice is set to bring gusts of winds on British shores this weekend and has spurred the Met Office to announce a variety of weather warnings for different parts of the UK.

Northern parts of England and Scotland have been told to expect extreme wind and possible snow on Friday while southern parts of England and Wales can expect winds in excess of 90mph.

Because of the variety of warnings, the Met Office is advising members of the public not to travel unnecessarily and to take safety precautions on Friday morning.

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Katharine Smith, Environment Agency Flood Duty Manager, said: “Please remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades.

“We urge people to stay safe on the coast and warn wave watchers against the unnecessary danger of taking ‘storm selfies.”

Find below all three of the weather warnings put in place for Friday ahead of Storm Eunice.

Red warning for wind

The Met Office has issued a rare red ‘danger to life’ weather warning for parts of the UK as Storm Eunice approaches the UK.

The warning covers coast areas of southwest England and southern Wales around Cardiff, Swansea and Hartland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “After the impacts from Storm Dudley for many on Wednesday, Storm Eunice will bring damaging gusts in what could be one of the most impactful storms to affect southern and central parts of the UK for a few years.

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“The red warning area indicates a significant danger to life as strong winds provide the potential for extremely damage to structures and flying debris.

“Although the most exposed coastal areas in the south and west could see likes in excess of 90mph, winds will remain notably strong further inland, with likes of between 70-80mph for most within the amber warning area.”

Katharine Smith, Environment Agency Flood Duty Manager, said: “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, southwest and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning.

“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surges coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.

Amber warning for wind

Other areas in the UK have also been issued an Amber warning where dangerous tastes could reach as high as 70 to 80mph.

The warning covers large parts of the country including parts of Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “An active jet stream is helping to drive low-pressure systems across the country, with both storms set to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.

He added: “Storm Eunice is expected to track eastwards from early on Friday, bringing the most significant winds to the central and southern areas of the UK, with some likes possible in excess of 95mph in exposed coastal areas.”

Yellow warning for snow

The Met Office has issued a 15-hour yellow weather warning for snow in parts of northern England.

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The worst-affected areas could see up to 30cm of snow on the ground.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 3am to 6pm on Friday, February 18, and stretches from Scotland down to Sheffield and Manchester.

The Met Office said: “Snow, heavy in places, is likely to develop on the northern side of Storm Eunice as it moves across the UK on Friday.

“There is still uncertainty in the track of Storm Eunice and not all areas within the warning area are expected to see snow.

“However, some places may see around 5cm of snow at low levels away from coasts.

“Accumulations are expected to be significantly higher over hills though with 10 to 20 cm perhaps up to 30 cm possible above around 250 meters.

“Strong winds occurring at the same time may lead to very poor visibility, blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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