BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns snow storms to batter UK amid ‘damaging’ 80mph blizzards

BBC Weather: 80mph gusts to hit parts of UK

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Carol Kirkwood discussed the onset of snowstorms and blizzards as the presenter took BBC Breakfast viewers through the latest weather maps. The meteorologist warned gusts may reach heights of 80 miles per hour as the wind chills bring UK temperatures plummeting down. Ms Kirkwood also warned of ice and heavy rainfall in parts of the UK with temperatures over the coming days near average for January. 

Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “Generally today’s going to be a cold day, and we’ve got snow in the forecast and gales for some of us as well.

“Now this weather fund has been pushing steadily southward through the night and behind it, cold air has filtered in.

“We’ve had some snow showers in the northern half of the country, but where it’s coldest there’s the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

“It’s also windy across Scotland in the northern half, in particular, we’re looking at gales with exposure across the far North of Scotland, even severe gales and later across Orkney and Caithness, there’s the potential for wind speeds to reach 75 to 80 mile an hour gusts.”

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The weather presenter continued: “Those are damaging gusts plus we’ll have all this snow falling as well.

“So they’ll be drifting and potentially blizzards on some of the higher routes.

“As we come further south eventually we say goodbye to that weather front it’ll be a lot of dry weather, but on the brisk wind, we’ll have showers blowing in from the west, and some of those could be wintry in the heavier showers. 

“Who could see a wee bit of a wintry mix of sleet, rain, and snow at lower levels, but it shouldn’t last.”

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She added: “These are the gusts strengths today so by three o’clock in the afternoon, this is roughly what you can expect the strongest gusts being in the northern half of the country and our temperatures 3 in Aberdeen, 3 in Newcastle to 9 in London.

“But when you add on the strength of the wind, the wind chill, this is how it will feel more like -3 in Aberdeen, -2 in Newcastle, and 7 in London.

“Through this evening and overnight, we hang on to those snow showers to windy across Scotland.

“That’s where the strongest winds will be. But the winds will still be brisk across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland bluing in some showers perhaps as far south as the North and West Midlands.”

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The metrologist concluded: “Some of those could be wintry, even at lower levels in some of the heavier bursts.

“And these are overnight temperatures, so we’re looking at a widespread frost and once again, the risk of ice on untreated surfaces, so we start tomorrow in a windy node but a ridge of high pressure builds in so the winds will slowly ease but still some showers coming down the North Sea coastline.

“Still some coming in on the brisk wind in western areas and still some of those will be wintry, not all of us will see them, a lot of us will have a dry day and they’ll be a fair bit of sunshine with temperatures closer to where they should be at this stage in January.

“As we head into Wednesday, this ridge of high pressure is pushed away. We’ve got a warm front coming in so mild air behind it. Then we’ve got a cold front coming in. So we see returned colder air. So as the rain bumps into the cold air initially, we’ll see snow and its leading-edge even at low levels. “

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