The Met Office has issued a rare red alert warning of danger to life as Storm Arwen will bring strong winds and snow.
Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the first storm of winter is expected to hit parts of northeast England and Scotland with gusts of up to 80-90 miles per hour.
A red warning of wind applies to these areas between Friday 3 p.m. and Saturday 2 a.m., when roofs could be blown away and debris flying around could endanger life.
The Met Office also expects power outages and closings of roads, bridges and railroad lines.
Snow warnings have also been issued for much of northern England and Scotland through 10am on Saturday.
The Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Day urged travelers to take the weather into account: “The whole country will experience stormy conditions, but the Met Office tells us that the eastern parts of Scotland in particular will experience difficult weather. ”
The Met Office names storms based on their potential impact, with Storm Arwen being declared as a result of the red wind warning.
Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the areas hardest hit by the high winds would be mostly on the coast.
He added: “As Arwen is causing disruption, there is also a possibility of snow in the coming days, especially in the higher regions of Scotland and northern England.
“There may also be some snow in the lower soil region of northern England, although it is likely to be short-lived and fall in the form of sleet or winter rain.
“There is a drop in temperature with parts of rural Scotland and England falling below freezing at night.”
The RAC has advised drivers to prepare for strong gusts by slowing down and being “very careful” when passing upright vehicles or cyclists.
Spokesman Simon Williams said: “In extreme wind conditions bridges can close and trees fall over, so it is important to allow extra time for the trips.
“With forecasters predicting high winds along with colder conditions, drivers should take this opportunity to prepare their vehicles for winter by checking the oil and coolant levels to ensure they have good quality windscreen washer fluids well below minus Protect 10 ° C, as well as a properly inflated tire with a good profile. “
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