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Panic as Storm Barra expected to hit UK while thousands ‘still without power’

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Brits are being told to brace for snow, wind and rain this week as Storm Barra is set to batter the entire country.

Heavy snowfall is expected to arrive on Tuesday morning, with winds of up to 70 miles per hour also coming in from the Atlantic in the evening.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow for much of Scotland and large parts of north eastern England for Tuesday, while an equivalent warning for wind applies to almost all of the UK.

The combination of snow and gales means there is also a risk of hazardous snow drift on higher ground, according to the national forecaster.

Frank Saunders, a Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening."

"Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker added: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday."

"Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.”

“Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”

Concern is growing for thousands of households in the north and Scotland still without electricity nine days after Storm Arwen, who now find themselves in the path of Storm Barra.

It is feared the new wave of bad weather will further hinder emergency work on power lines, after heavy rain on Saturday night cut off homes in Northumberland that had only just been reconnected.

The forecast for Monday 06 December sees rain continuing eastwards across Britain, with some hail and snow possible on high ground.

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