UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast
Forecasters urged the public to be aware of the prospect of gale-force winds from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning with the first winter storm of the season set to batter the country, bringing snow of up to 15cm to higher ground.
Gusts are forecast to be as high as 100mph with the alert, which stretches along the east coast from Newcastle upon Tyne to beyond Aberdeen, warning of flying debris which could result in a “danger to life”.
On Friday, a driver in Antrim, Northern Ireland, was killed when a falling tree hit his car as strong winds swept into the UK.
Waterfalls ‘blowing upwards’ in Scotland
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 21:05
Driver killed by falling tree
A driver was killed when a falling tree hit his car as strong winds swept into the UK.
The accident, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, happened after the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning for coastal areas in the northeast of the UK. The Dublin Road was closed in both directions after the accident.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 19:30
‘Too early to say what services tomorrow morning will look like,’ says ScotRail
Scotland’s train operator, ScotRail, has warned of disruption on the rails and said it was still “too early to say what services tomorrow morning will look like”.
ScotRail has already warned of train cancellations because of the storm, and said on many routes it is limiting train speeds.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 19:30
Flights disrupted by stormy weather
Flight tracking app FlightRadar24 shows flights operating from Scotland are being affected by the stormy weather.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 18:39
Man dies after car hit by falling tree
A man has died after his car was hit by a falling tree in Northern Ireland.
The incident occurred on the Dublin Road in Antrim on Friday.
A PSNI spokesperson said the road remains closed in both directions and diversions are in place.
It comes as the Met Office issued a warning for strong winds as Storm Arwen arrives in the UK.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 18:10
I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! to be pre-recorded due to Storm Arwen
Friday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! will be broadcast as a pre-recorded show rather than live due to the severe weather forecast caused by Storm Arwen.
ITV said this is part of “precautionary measures” being put in place.
A show statement said: “Ant & Dec will record their links early evening and these will be played out during tonight’s show.
“Our celebrities will remain inside the castle, which is secure, and we have contingencies in place to cover all weather scenarios to ensure the safety of our cast and crew.”
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 17:45
Latest forecast from MeteoGroup
Here is the latest weather forecast provided by MeteoGroup for the weekend:
Saturday: Early outbreaks of snow, rain and drizzle will become confined to eastern areas during the day. The best of the dry and sunny conditions will be across northern and western areas. There is a chance of a few wintry showers developing. Feeling very cold with strong winds and a risk of gales.
Saturday night: Rain, sleet and snow will clear eastwards during the evening. Dry overnight with clear spells and variable amounts of cloud. A chance of showers for coastal areas. Thick cloud will build across Northern Ireland, northern Scotland and western areas of Britain bringing a risk of showers, some wintry.
UK Outlook (Sunday and Monday): Mostly dry with sunny spells tomorrow but there will be more cloud in the north and west. A chance of showers which may be wintry in nature. Monday will be largely dry with bright spells and variable amounts of cloud cover. There will be spells of rain, sleet and snow across northern Scotland.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 17:19
Scottish government meets to discuss storm plan and urges public not to travel
The Scottish government met on Friday to discuss the approaching storm, and on Friday evening advised members of the public not to travel following the red weather warning.
John Swinney, the deputy first minister, said: “The decision by the Met Office to issue a rare red weather warning for strong winds signals a potentially damaging and dangerous risk to life in some areas of Scotland.
“People in these affected areas should not travel under any circumstances, including motorists. Yellow and amber weather warnings also remain in place for a number of areas and people should continue to exercise extreme caution and plan any necessary journeys in advance as there is disruption to transport services.
“The Scottish Government is in close contact with local authorities and the emergency services to ensure people in the affected areas receive the latest information, advice and support where needed.”
The Scottish Government said a ministerial meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Room was held earlier on Friday to ensure preparations and appropriate measures are in place.
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 16:49
‘Significant disruption’ on London-Scotland rail line this weekend
Train operator London North Eastern Railway has issued a “do not travel” alert to customers as its services will be “significantly disrupted due to severe weather“ until Sunday.
The firm runs trains on the East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland, calling at stations including Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Network Rail will close the East Coast route north of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, from 5pm on Friday.
Passengers are being warned further closures could be imposed elsewhere on the route.
Warrick Dent, LNER safety and operations director, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for today, November 26, and this coming weekend to defer their travel arrangements where possible.
“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and advise customers to check our website and social channels for the latest information.”
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 16:26
Do not travel ‘under any circumstances’, Police Scotland says
Police Scotland have warned people using the roads in areas covered by the red warning – including cyclists, those using public transport and those in cars, vans and lorries – not to travel “under any circumstances”.
Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from Police Scotland’s road policing unit, said: “The high winds being experienced along the coastal areas of the north, east and southern parts of Scotland have led to red weather warnings coming into effect and, as such, any motorist within these affected regions should not travel under any circumstances.
“If you are currently within more inland areas of these regions, then amber and yellow warnings are also in place, and we are asking that you do not journey out unless for essential purposes and, if you are doing so, to be mindful of the challenging conditions you will face.
“A number of local road closures and bridge restrictions may also be implemented during this period of adverse weather and we would advise the public to consult the Transport Scotland and Met Office websites for continuous and updated information.”
Tom Batchelor26 November 2021 16:06