The Met Office says two low pressure systems that will bring spells of very strong winds and potentially snow between Wednesday and Saturday have been named as storms Dudley and Eunice
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It’s set to be a wet and wild end of the week for Brits, with two storms set to hit the country expected to bring 90mph winds and potentially some snow.
Two low pressure systems were originally expected to bring spells of very strong winds and potentially snow between Wednesday and Saturday, but Brits could feel the impact of sooner than thought after forecasters moved forward the warning period.
Storm Dudley, which carries a “danger to life” weather warning, will likely start and finish earlier than expected, according to the Met Office, ahead of Storm Eunice moving in, bringing strong winds and potentially some snow for parts of the country on Friday .
Gusts of up to 90mph are set to batter the whole of the country due to a jet stream which was originally forecast to hit on Wednesday and Thursday under a yellow weather warning.
But this has now been upgraded to a more severe amber warning bringing life-threatening Wales to parts of Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and the north of England.
Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said an active jet stream is driving low-pressure systems across the country, both of which are likely to cause some disruption.
Winds are expected to be strongest on exposed coasts and hills of Scotland, with 60-70mph possible further inland.
This is applicable to southern and western Scotland, the north coast of Northern Ireland and northern England, where the strongest and most disruptive winds are expected.
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Winds are expected to ease through Thursday afternoon and evening.
The stormy conditions will barely have subsided before the next low pressure system, named Storm Eunice, will track across central areas of the UK.
According to the Met Office, further impacts are expected from disruptive gale force winds – with 60-70 mph winds expected inland.
Heavy rain is expected to come alongside the system as well and there is a potential for some significant snowfall over hills in the Midlands and further north.
National Highways Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips encouraged drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve.
“If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey,” he said.
“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.
“In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”