BBC Weather: Storm Bella set to peak with ‘damaging’ winds
Helen Willets told BBC Breakfast Storm Bella is reaching its peak and all parts of the UK will be “in its grip” by the end of today. Ms Willets added Britain faces a double-edged sword as heavy rain will also bring a flooding risk to parts of the UK.
The BBC meteorologist said: “Storm Bella is peaking right now with the strength of its winds 80mph.
“These are damaging winds, that have easily bought trees down.
“There is still more rain to come and if that was not enough, we are into the cold air again.
“There are ice and snow warnings out across the northern half of the country.
“Wintery weather will have all parts of the UK in its grip by the end of today.”
She added: “Damaging gusts of winds and storm-force winds through the Channel could cause more damage.
“It is a double-edged sword because we have had the rain as well.
“An inch of rain has fallen across many parts of the UK, there are numerous flooding warning out and two severe flooding warnings in eastern England.”
UK weather: Met Office forecast strong winds and rain
The Met Office has issued several warnings across the UK this morning.
The Met Office said: “Very strong southwesterly winds are expected for parts of southern England, south and west Wales later Saturday evening and early Sunday, clearing southeast England around mid-morning.
“Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely, with a few spots likely to see 60-70 mph for a time. Hills and particularly coasts exposed to the southwesterly winds may see a few gusts of 70-80 mph.
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“In addition to the strong winds, a period of heavy, squally rain is expected, which may well prove an additional hazard.”
The Met Offcie added regarding Scotland and Northern Ireland: “Following clearance of heavy rain this evening, colder conditions will lead to ice forming on untreated surfaces across many parts of the warning area.
“There will also be showers which will turn increasingly to snow on high ground: parts of western Scotland look likely to see a few cm above about 200 m elevation, with a slight cover at low levels in heavier showers.
“Over Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England, any snow cover will be mostly restricted to high level routes, above around 300m, where the odd cm may accumulate during Sunday.”
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