BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns new Atlantic front to smash UK with snow and 70mph gales
The new weather front which remains unnamed but would be called Storm Ellen if the Met Office decided to name it, will arrive on Britain’s shores between Thursday and Friday. BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned the Atlantic system will bring snow in the northwestern areas of the country as well as heavy rain everywhere else and gusts of up to 70mph. She said: “As we move out of Thursday and into Friday the next clutch comes in from the northwest.
“On Friday itself, some heavy rain bumping into the cold air in Scotland.
“We’ll see some snow there, some very poor visibility.
“That rain sinks into northern England where once again there is a Met Office weather warning for the rain.
“And it’s going to be a noticeably windy day. In northwest Scotland, gusts could be as much as 70mph.
“But it is going to be mild.”
It comes after Storm Dennis ravaged the UK last weekend with yellow, amber and red warnings across the nation for wind and rain.
The massive amount of rainfall caused mass destruction to areas, particularly areas in North Yorkshire and Hereford where many people were hit by heavy flooding.
The next system is likely to make situations worse for many impacted by the floods.
Storm Dennis forced Wales to declare a major emergency after a month’s worth of rain fell in just 25 hours.
Speaking about Storm Dennis, Jeremy Parr the Head of Flood and Incident Risk Management for Natural Resources Wales, said: “The forecast is for very significant levels of rain, especially in the eastern valleys of South Wales.
“Impacts could be severe overnight, and everyone should take the warnings extremely seriously.
“We are working hard to make sure communities are as prepared as possible and urge people to take care and make arrangements to be safe.”
During the worst weather of Storm Dennis, the Met Office issued warnings and insisted there was a threat to life.
They issued a Red Warning for rain, the highest level of warning, for parts of south Wales on Sunday morning.
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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for persistent rain in Wales and north-west England for Wednesday and Thursday, and the north of England on Friday into Saturday.
EA manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup said the level of flooding had left affected parts in “uncharted territory”.
Storm Dennis claimed the life of Yvonne Booth, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, who was swept away by floodwater near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday.
Six severe flood warnings remain in place on Wednesday morning for the River Severn at New Street and Waterside, Upton on Severn, the River Wye and the River Lugg at Hampton Bishop, and the River Severn at Ironbridge and Uckinghall.
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