Met Office issues new warnings of dangerous ice with Storm Arwen battering the UK


Areas covered include most of Scotland, the North East, the East of England, Yorkshire and Staffordshire

The Met Office has warned of snow and ice across the UK today
The Met Office has warned of snow and ice across the UK today

Fresh weather warnings have been issued covering large swathes of the UK ahead of predicted snowfall this evening.

The yellow warnings are in place between 5pm today and 11pm tomorrow night as Storm Arwen continues to cause misery across the country.

Areas covered include most of Scotland, the North East, the East of England, Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

The Met Office warned: “Rain and sleet showers will continue Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday around northern and eastern Scotland and eastern England.

“These will turn to snow at times to low levels but mainly over modest high ground with some small further accumulations.

“Surfaces will remain wet from these showers with icy stretches likely to form readily Saturday evening.

Warnings are in place from 5pm today until 11pm on Sunday


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“There is also likely to be some icy stretches forming where snow is already lying over parts of the high ground of northern England and Scotland.

“There is a chance of some more general snow falling over the far north and northwest of Scotland during Sunday morning and this may bring some local further small accumulations.”

Yesterday 98mph winds were recorded in Northumberland, and there have been two confirmed fatalities linked to Storm Arwen.

A man died in Cumbria after a tree fell on him, police announced this morning.

The tragedy happened in Ambleside at around 11pm yesterday.

Weather warnings have been put in place across the UK


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The man, from Lancashire, is the second known victim of the storm after a popular headteacher was killed in Northern Ireland when a tree fell on his car.

In a statement Cumbria Police said: “Police were called to the scene at 11pm yesterday (November 26).

“Emergency services including Fire, Search and Rescue, Ambulance and Police attended the scene.

“The man who was from Lancaster sadly died at the scene.

“Police and partner agencies are attending the scene as the tree remains dangerous and the public is asked to avoid the area until the tree has been made safe.”

Last night a much-loved primary school teacher died as Storm Arwen hit Northern Ireland.

Francis Lagan, a father of four, was head of St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera, Co Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, for several years and well known in the local community, it is reported.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Lagan, believed to be in his 40s.

He is understood to have been travelling with his wife and children when strong winds uprooted a tree that struck the vehicle.

A St Mary’s school statement for parents read: “It is with great pain and sadness this evening that I have to inform you of the untimely death of our much loved principal Mr Lagan.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace.”

Gusts of 98 mph hit Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, according to the Met Office, which said amber and yellow warnings remained in place today across much of the country.

“Many roads remain closed so please only travel if absolutely necessary,” it said on Twitter.


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