Near-70mph gusts as Storm Erik sweeps over UK

10 February, 2019, 15:57 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Road crews on standby for flooding ahead of Storm Erik

Snow, rain and wind are set to continue to batter the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Erik rages on through Saturday.

There will be frost and the chance of some snow in the north of the country towards the end of the weekend, when falling rain meets cold air. Things should be slightly calmer in England and Wales, where sunny spells are expected.

'And it will be a touch colder than it has been on recent mornings.

'Through the day basically all of this weather is going to move its way south and eastwards, with the rain in the south gradually clearing its way eastwards, although the southeast corner will hold on to a rather grey and damp day.

He also added: "It will be a brighter second-half of the day for Wales, south-west and northern England with a few showers thrown into the mix as well".

"We're looking at winds of 50 to 60mph in Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland".

A British Airways plane has been filmed being forced to abandon its landing as strong winds from Storm Erik batter the UK.

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'Through the evening period it starts to edge its way into parts of north-west Wales and north-west England.

Insp David Hynd, from Police Scotland, said: "The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain, and that conditions for travel may be hazardous due to rain and extra caution should be exercised".

The Met Office said there was a risk of flooding north of the Central Belt because of "frequent heavy showers" and melting snow.

Storm Erik caused significant disruption to CalMac's west coast ferries yesterday, with sailings on many routes suspended, such as the main link to Arran.

A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland on Saturday.

The Met Office said strong westerly winds can be expected throughout the county for much of Saturday morning and afternoon.

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