Storm Eunice and Dudley to hit UK with snow and dangerous high winds this week

A 'double whammy' of storms will hit the UK this week, according to forecasters.

The Met Office says two high intensity weather patterns will barrel across the Atlantic over the next few days and land before the weekend.

The national forecaster has named the first in the pair Storm Dudley, which will arrive into northern areas on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The second, Storm Eunice, will then come on Friday with a more wintry flavour, bringing strong winds and potentially some snow to parts of the country.

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 and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued”.

An amber warning for wind — the second most severe level of weather advisory — has been issued for an area stretching from North Yorkshire up to Edinburgh and Glasgow on Tuesday and Wednesday, with some coastal areas in Northern Ireland also included.

Yellow wind warnings are also in place across most northern areas of the UK from Tuesday onwards, with the affected area shifting down to include the south coast by the time Eunice arrives on Friday.

The incoming disruptive weather has led road safety bosses to issue a clear warning to motorists to take care on journeys and keep checking the latest forecasts.

National Highways Head of Road Safety, Jeremy Phillips, said: “We’re encouraging 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.

“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."

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