United Kingdom: Storm Dudley and Eunice can cause significant disruption

 Tuesday, February 15, 2022 

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The winds are expected to ease through Thursday afternoon and evening, forecasters added. There is currently an amber weather warning in place for the northern half of the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday, with “significant disruption” expected. The next low pressure system will track across central areas of the UK on Friday as Storm Eunice arrives.

The further impacts are expected from very strong winds, with 60mph-70mph gusts possible inland, perhaps even stronger in some places, though the strongest winds and worst-affected areas are uncertain at present, the Met Office said.

This system is also expected to bring some heavy rain and there is a potential for some significant snowfall over hills in the Midlands and further north.

In Scottish Highlands, tonight a band of rain will move eastwards, falling as snow on high ground. The minimum temperature will be -1 °C. There will be overnight rain and snow on high ground, followed by a bright day with sunshine and blustery showers. Heavy rain will hit on Wednesday followed by blustery showers, turning wintry on Thursday. It will become very windy with westerly gales or even severe gales. But Friday will be less windy, though with wintry showers.

In North East England, Tuesday will be wet and windy initially, with some hill snow. This quickly clears east, followed by sunshine, easing winds, but also scattered showers, wintry over high ground. There will be more persistent rain overnight. Wednesday will be very windy, with widespread gales and risk of severe gales at times. Snow will fall on Friday.

In North west England, the temperatures will rise overnight as strengthening winds and heavy rain arrives, as well as some snow over the northern Pennines. Tuesday will begin with rain and hill snow soon clearing during the morning. Much drier and brighter conditions will follow by the afternoon. It will be mild and very windy on Wednesday with widespread gales and occasional rain. There is a bright spells and showers will hit on Thursday before further rain, very strong winds and possible snow on Friday.

In East Midlands, it will be a clear night but towards dawn, cloud, rain and brisk winds will spread in from the northwest. Tuesday will start cloudy, wet and windy, followed by a largely dry afternoon. Wednesday will becoming very windy, with widespread gales and risk of severe gales at times. It will be drier on Thursday but then further rain and possibly some snow will hit on Friday.

In West Midlands, the showers will fade away soon after dusk and become dry this evening. Tuesday will be a windy morning with rain, heavy at times. By the afternoon there will be some bright or sunny spells.

It will be very mild with bright spells on Wednesday, but windy with a chance of gales. It will be colder on Thursday with bright spells and showers. Heavy rain and locally damaging winds will arrive on Friday.

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