Storm Arwen aftermath will see freezing temperatures with snow and ice
Winter woollies will be needed amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen which wreaked havoc across much of the UK and claimed three lives. A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place until mid-morning on Sunday in Scotland and the north of England. The Met Office has warned of a risk of “wintry showers and icy stretches”.
Temperatures were expected to struggle to get above freezing in some parts, with -1C forecast in Manchester and Newcastle. The Met Office said it would be a cold and frosty start to the day, with showers affecting eastern coastal areas.
A fallen tree in Crook, South Lakeland (PA)
It added that there is a risk of “icy stretches”, with snow showers becoming more extensive over parts of Scotland and the north-west of England early on Sunday. The cold spell comes after three people were killed when trees were blown over in strong winds as Storm Arwen hit on Friday.
Gusts of almost 100mph also saw transport disrupted, power cuts and damage to buildings, while heavy snow saw lorries get stuck and ploughs being used in a number of areas.
Storm Arwen wreaked havoc for much of the UK (SIPA USA/PA Images)
Summing up the damage caused by the first named storm of the season, the Met Office said the strong winds and a mixture of rain, sleet and snow led to “power cuts, transport disruption, trees fell, there were large coastal waves and blizzards affected some hills.” Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, told the PA news agency: “We’ve seen some pretty severe gusts overnight with the highest speeds hitting 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.
Ice and snow could still fall on Sunday morning (Alamy Live News.)
“Elsewhere, exposed sites in Scotland and Northern Ireland also surpassed 90mph, with 70-80mph seen more widely in the north of the UK, though parts of southern England and Wales also felt the effects of the storm. “This has been coupled with a few inches of snow which has fallen in some areas.
“In the higher ground areas of Scotland we expected to see up to 15cm falling but the strong winds meant the snow blew around and created a blizzard in some parts.”
A fallen tree on car in Wallasey Village, Wirrall (PA)
Police Scotland said a 35-year-old man died when his pick-up truck was struck by a falling tree on the B977 Dyce to Hatton of Fintray Road in Aberdeenshire at about 5.45pm on Friday. Cumbria Police said a man from Lancaster died in Ambleside after a tree fell on him just before 11pm. In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree in County Antrim.
Wind speeds reached 87mph in Orlock Head, Co Down. Inverbervie on the north-east coast of Scotland had gusts of 78mph, while Aberporth in Wales saw speeds of 77mph.
County Durham was hit badly by the severe weather (Chronicle Live)
People were advised to be wary of travelling, as train networks across the UK reported disruption to services. All Avanti West Coast services North of Carlisle were cancelled on Saturday, with customers “strongly advised” not to attempt to travel on the route.
ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown on to the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.
Passengers travelling on an Aberdeen-bound train on Friday had to wait 17 hours at Huntly railway station in Aberdeenshire due to the extreme weather.
A dusting of snow in south Leicestershire on Saturday morning (Geoff Robinson)
TransPennine Express customers were urged not to travel, with services between Newcastle and Edinburgh cancelled.
South Western Railway services were disrupted on Saturday due to “multiple trees and obstructions blocking the railway”, while London North East Railway warned customers not to travel north of York due to “significant damage”.