Britain prepares for fresh battering as Storm Henry approaches

Published: Sunday 31st January 2016 by The News Editor

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Parts of the UK will continue to shiver today as it sees off Storm Gertrude and prepares for a fresh battering near the start of the working week.

Areas of Scotland were hit by heavy snow during Saturday, following Friday’s hammering from high winds of more than 100mph in places.

Police warned of hazardous driving conditions in places, with some key routes in the north affected.

Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings for ice and snow remained in place across all of Scotland into Sunday, also applying to Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands.

The Met Office said icy patches were expected to form on untreated surfaces overnight and into Sunday morning, especially where further snow showers occurred after dark.

Forecasters said: “Clear spells after dark will allow temperatures to widely fall below freezing in places leading to the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

“Meanwhile, further snow showers are expected in western and, more especially, northern parts of this yellow warning area.

“Over Scotland these showers are likely to produce a further 5-10cm of snow on areas above 300m and a few cm to lower levels.”

But there is more unsettled weather to come, with further severe weather warnings – some of them amber – in place for the arrival of Storm Henry on Monday.

The Met Office said the vigorous low pressure system was expected to pass just to the north of Scotland, bringing very strong west or southwesterly winds across much of the UK.

Gusts of 65-75mph are expected widely from 3pm on Monday to 3am on Tuesday, while gusts in the range of 80-90mph are possible in the most exposed areas.

On Saturday, routes in Tayside were affected by snow, with a number of collisions reported during the morning, particularly on the A90.

Motorists were also advised to avoid the A9 at Drumochter Pass, Dalwhinnie, because of the heavy snow.

On the A82, the snow gates were closed at Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy and Glencoe.

The gates were also closed on the A93 from Braemar to Glenshee, the A939 from Tomintoul to Cock Bridge and the A821 Duke’s Pass.

Published: Sunday 31st January 2016 by The News Editor

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