Residents in Yorkshire are being told to brace themselves for high winds, rain and possibly snow as the Met Office warned that two storms were heading our way.
Two low pressure systems that will bring spells of very strong winds and potentially snow between Wednesday and Friday have been named today (Monday).
Storm Dudley will cross the northern half of the UK from Wednesday night into Thursday morning, while Storm Eunice will bring strong winds and potentially some snow for much of England on Friday.
The forecaster has issued an amber alert for wind on Wednesday and Thursday as Storm Dudley hits the north of England and Scotland.
Winds could reach 70mph inland, before dying down on Thursday evening.
“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage,” the weather warning says.
Road and rail transport could be disrupted, trees felled and buildings damaged.
This is followed by a yellow alert for wind for most of Friday covering all of England, as Storm Eunice rolls in.
Further impacts are expected from very strong winds, with 60mph–70mph gusts possible inland, perhaps even stronger in some places, though the strongest winds and worst-affected areas are uncertain at present, the Met Office said.
This system is also expected to bring some heavy rain and there is a potential for some significant snowfall over hills in the Midlands and further north, particularly on higher ground.
A Met Office spokesman said: “With regard to Storm Dudley, snow will mostly be on high ground, with the highest accumulations in the Grampians.
“Lower down, any snow is likely to be short-lived but when it is coming down it is likely to be blizzard conditions.”