UK weather: Snow to fall for two weeks in big freeze – Met Office issues yellow warnings

The Met Office said Storm Arwen caused freezing temperatures coupled with gales measuring almost 100mph and a rare red wind warning which devastated parts of the UK

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Storm Arwen: Travel warnings in place as winds batter UK

Snow is expected to fall for the next two weeks as freezing temperatures set in after Storm Arwen which killed three people.

A yellow warning for snow and ice was put in place until Sunday in Scotland and the north of England.

The Met Office also warned of a risk of “wintry showers and icy stretches”.

Temperatures were expected to struggle to get above freezing in some parts, with -1C forecast in Manchester and Newcastle.

And the yellow warning for ice has been extended into Monday until 10am for the east of the UK and stretching from the north-west of England to London and the south-east.

A fallen tree on car in Wallasey Village, Wirrall, in the aftermath of Storm Arwen which saw gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battering areas of the UK

A fallen tree in Willaston, Cheshire, in the wake of Storm Arwen



Forecasters WX Charts show perishing conditions will continue next Friday and hit England, Scotland and Wales.

Brits are facing weeks of cold conditions as more snow is forecast for December 13.

It means flurries are poised to fall and could cause transport and travel issues in the next two weeks.

Parts of the UK saw the arrival of snow showers in parts of the country with Scotland badly hit.

The weather forecast by WX Charts shows perishing conditions



This was coupled with gusts of wind measuring almost 100mph and a rare red wind warning which was issued on Friday.

The freezing conditions show no sign of letting up and are expected to continue into December.

Perishing temperatures arrived as Storm Arwen tore through the country bringing snowstorms and dangerous gales which claimed lives.

A third person was killed by a fallen tree and 140,000 homes were left with no power as the chaotic 98mph Storm Arwen battered Britain.

A 35-year-old driver was killed on the B977 in Aberdeenshire around 5.45pm on Friday when a tree fell on his car.

Police arrived at the scene, but their van was almost torn apart by another falling tree while the devastating storm caused power cuts for thousands in north east Scotland.

No officers were hurt in the incident near Hatton-of-Fintray, Aberdeenshire.

Roads in Honley, West Yorkshire, after a night of snowfall and strong cold winds thanks to Storm Arwen


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But Police Scotland confirmed a driver, who has not been identified, was “fatally injured when a vehicle was struck by a falling tree”.

The man died at the scene just before 6pm.

It was Arwen’s third casualty, after head teacher Francis Lagan was killed when a tree fell on his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Friday.

Another man, meanwhile, was crushed by a falling tree in Ambleside, Cumbria.

Moorlands were covered in snow in Leek, Staffordshire after Storm Arwen



The relentless storm brought 33ft waves, freezing temperatures and blizzards to much of the UK.

In Brizlee Wood, Northumberland, it brought gusts of 98mph and in Berry Head, Devon, 92mph winds were recorded.

Wales and Ireland were also hit with gusts of 87mph measured in Orlock Head, County Down and speeds of 81mph in Aberporth, Dyfed, while 79mph was recorded in The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Huge waves batter the light house at Seaham, County Durham during Storm Arwen


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Temperatures hit -5C in Scotland and -3C temperatures were recorded in parts of the midlands.

More than 100,000 homes were left without power across the UK.

Scotland was the worst hit with 75,000 homes without power, England had 55,000 and Wales 11,000.

The Mirror told earlier how freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK and claimed three lives.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for icy patches across many parts of the UK on Sunday.

It said from 3pm until Monday at 10am rain, sleet and snow would clear in the south with ice developing on some surfaces

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