Warning of more gales and showers


Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Strong winds and even a risk of snow are set to bring the first quarter of the year to a blustery end.

Motorists are being warned of “difficult” conditions as a yellow be aware warning for wind remains in place for much of the day.

Parts of north Wales, the Bristol Channel and East Anglia saw winds of up to 70mph overnight and the gales will continue for some parts.

“While the winds should gradually ease, it’s going to stay a pretty windy day,” said Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite.

“There could potentially be some quite difficult conditions throughout the course of the morning for those getting up and heading out to work.

“The north west of the country is going to see some quite blustery showers moving in – it’s probably going to see the strongest winds today.”

While there may be a slight let-up, Mr Waite said the best we can expect are “some sunny spells”.

Northern parts of Scotland are subject to an ice warning until mid-morning, bringing with it a risk of snow on higher ground and, Mr Waite said, some “potentially treacherous conditions on northern routes”.

While strong winds have died down after a blustery night for Northern Ireland the day ahead is set to be a wet one with scattered showers for much of the day.

Looking forward to Easter, Mr Waite said the weekend will be breezy to begin with but things should “gradually quieten down”.

On Sunday gusts hit the famous Father Time weather vane at Lord’s cricket ground, knocking it parallel to the ground at the St John’s Wood venue in London.

The Dartford Crossing has been closed to all vehicles due to strong winds, the Highways Agency said.

Cheshire Police tweeted overnight that high winds and rain had been “creating chaos on the roads”.

Chiltern Railways said services between Aylesbury and London Marylebone are suspended because of a tree on the line between Moor Park and Amersham.

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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