The UK is bracing for snow and 75mph winds, which are expected to cause flying debris and power cuts, as the wild Atlantic storm Arwen tracks southwards across the North Sea.
The low pressure system named Storm Arwen is expected to bring with it a period of very strong winds and cold weather to the UK from Friday into Saturday.
An amber warning – meaning lives are in danger – has been issued for much of central and the east coast of Scotland with the north east of England also in the area most at risk.
The warning is in place for northeast Scotland and England, adding to has been added to existing wider yellow warnings that are in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England and Wales, as well as for much of the UK – except the southeast – on Saturday.
The amber warning will run from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday, with the strongest winds expected in coastal locations, where gusts in excess of 75mph are possible in some places.
Strong winds expected to come with the storm, which is the first of winter season, has the potential to cause flying debris, power cuts and a danger to life, the Met Office has warned.
The forecaster has said roads and bridges could close, power cuts are likely and mobile phone coverage could be knocked out by the extreme weather.
Met Office Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri said, “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will impact the northeast in particular from Friday, but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow probable over the high ground.
“Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm sinks southwards.”
Winds of up to 80mph in coastal locations are coming with severe gales threatening to cause widespread travel disruption this weekend.
The forecaster has also warned of the risk of travel chaos with longer journey times and cancellations likely.
Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life, probably damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
The Met Office’s Tom Morgan told the Mirror some snow lovers could be left disappointed and says precautions must be taken to battle the storm.
“Not everyone will see snow, over the coming days It will be really cold pretty much everywhere, especially after dark.
“But there is a concern and we have issued a weather warning for coastal areas with very strong winds predicted.
“People may want to consider their travel plans and ensure their garden furniture is tired down, because winds could reach 80MPH,” he said.
Storm Arwen is expected to shift away into the continent later on Saturday, leaving a drier day for many on Sunday.
Despite this, there will likely be some some lingering showers over the eastern coasts of England and Scotland.