Storm Barra named as snow and 70mph winds to hit Lancashire and Cumbria

The latest storm to batter Lancashire and Cumbria has been named with gusts of up to 70mph expected to hit the region this week.

Met Office forecasters said Storm Barra may hinder efforts to reconnect properties still without power nine days after Storm Arwen.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and wind have been issued for Lancashire on Tuesday (December 7) and comes after gusts of 100mph hit the UK just last week.

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Temperatures are set to plummet to freezing on Tuesday and forecasters warn ‘heavy snow’ is expected across northern England and Scotland.

The warning is in place from 11am to midnight and covers large swathes of east Lancashire, including Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle.

Another yellow weather warning for wind has also issued for most of the UK on Tuesday, which is in place from 9am to midnight.

Forecasters say travel disruption is ‘likely’, especially over higher routes.

There may be some delays to rail and air travel and there is a ‘slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off’.

Strong winds could add to travel disruption while delays for high-sided vehicles are ‘likely’ and there may be some power cuts.

Weather warnings are in place on Tuesday
Weather warnings are in place on Tuesday

The Met Office said: “Storm barra has been named by [the Irish Meteorological Service] and is forecast to bring strong winds to much of the UK and snow to northern areas on Tuesday and into Wednesday.”

They added: “A deep area of low pressure moving in across the UK from the Atlantic is likely to bring high winds to many parts of the UK.

“Strong winds arriving into the west through the morning, spreading inland and reaching eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations.

“Strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

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