UK snow forecast: Storm Barra brings yellow weather warnings for nearly ALL of Britain as five-day deep freeze sets in

ALMOST all of the UK will be hit by yellow weather warnings tomorrow as Storm Barra batters the country with 70mph winds and a five-day deep freeze sets in.

Forecasters have alerted Brits to brace for up to seven inches of snow and powerful winds as the storm arrives tomorrow.

The Met Office has put most of the UK under yellow weather warnings for Tuesday – with gales of up to 70mph expected in coastal areas.

There's also a warning for snow stretching from the Midlands to Scotland as some parts could be struck by up to seven inches.

Forecasters have said the mix of strong winds and snow could cause blizzards and poor visibility.

But the weather misery doesn't end there as a yellow warning for wind continues throughout Wednesday for South West England and Wales.

A yellow warning for wind has also been issued for Northern Ireland for Wednesday, with gusts of up to 75mph expected in places.

Gales, torrential rain and wintry downpours are expected over the next few days as a big freeze hits the UK.

There are no more weather warnings in place yet for the rest of the week – but temperatures are set to plunge as a five-day freeze grips the UK with wet and wild wintry weather.

It comes just days after Storm Arwen left hundreds of thousands without power last weekend.

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Last night the Energy Networks Association said that 3,190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected.

This is down from 4,700 homes on Saturday night. Most of the homes still cut off are in the North-East of England, the ENA added.

Thousands of people are still without heating and hot water as the UK braces itself for Barra.

One man whose home has been affected by power cuts has said he has "no hope left at all" as he faces an eleventh night without central heating.

Stewart, who lives in Alnwick, Northumberland, is one of thousands of people still living without power in the aftermath of torrential rain and gale-force winds which battered the north-east at the end of November.

Storm Arwen affected power supplies to more than one million households 10 days ago, and Storm Barra threatens to bring further disruption as it moves in from the west on Tuesday.


Stewart, who wanted to be known only by his first name and lives with his partner, said Northern Power Grid has promised his power will be restored within 24 hours every day since it cut on November 26.

He told the Press Association: "It's exhausting, it's wearing us down, and it's a constant worry. Every day seems to bring a new problem.

"The weather forecast is dreadful. We have not got any hope at all. It's awful, it's the futility of it."

But the Met's warnings this week show there is no sign of the chaotic weather letting up.

The storm Barra was named by the Irish Meteorological Service.

According to WX Charts, snow is expected to hit some part of the UK in the lead up to Tuesday.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “A low-pressure system is deepening very rapidly, and it could generate something which will warrant another named storm.

“South-western parts of the country will be worst affected, and the main issue will be the wind although there is the potential for rain and for showers to turn wintry.

“We will be keeping our eye on this system, which has the potential to whip up gusts of 60 to 70mph.”

The Met Office said it is "keeping an eye on" the storm as it develops.


Spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We can’t rule out a name, but we can’t rule one in either.

“While Ireland looks likely to be worst affected from Monday, this system will affect the UK and it is the most significant feature we are seeing certainly for the next five days.

“If the storm tracks south of the UK, there will be an associated risk of snow.

“The system is expected to start having an influence on the UK from Monday and into mid-week.

“The main features appear to be the wind and rain, and our meteorologists are keeping an eye on it.”

Meanwhile, forecasters have not ruled out the possibility of a White Christmas as December is set to be very cold with temperatures expected to reach -10C.

Mr Madden said: “December will start to turn very cold early on and these cold conditions will continue throughout the month.

“There are some notable snow events looking possible around just after the second week of the month, and these could be widespread and heavy wintry downpours.

“Christmas Day is looking largely dry and cold at the moment, but things can change, and we still can’t rule out a White Christmas.

“Throughout the month, widespread frosts and temperatures of -10C or below will be possible as north and north-easterly winds develop.”

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