Met Office warnings: The SIX warnings for wind, snow and rain as Ciara tracks to Britain

was named on Wednesday, the third storm of the 2019/20 Atlantic storm season. Now the has updated its weather warnings, extending them beyond the weekend to include snow, rain and wind.

On Saturday at 12pm there is a yellow weather warning for wind in place until 11.59pm the same day.

This is for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

The Met Office warns: “An area of strong winds will move eastwards across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England on Saturday afternoon and evening.

“Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected widely inland with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph for a time.

“The winds will ease from the west during the evening.”

On Sunday, February 8 there are several yellow weather warnings in place for wind and rain.

The wind warning spans the entire UK and comes into force at midnight on Sunday until 11.59pm the same day.

Three areas across the UK are also under a rain warning on Sunday; North East England, North West England, Wales and Yorkshire and Humber.

This is from midnight on Monday until 12pm on Tuesday.

The Met Office warns: “Frequent and heavy snow showers will affect the region throughout Monday and at first on Tuesday. Snow showers will mainly be over high ground.

“Slight accumulations of 0.39 to 1.1 inches (one to three cm) above 150 metres and two to four inches (five to 10cm) above 300 metres.

“Strong winds, gusting 50 to 60 mph, will lead to blizzard conditions at times and considerable drifting of lying snow.

“Frequent lightning strikes are also possible, perhaps leading to interruptions to power supplies.”

This is for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

These warnings come as Storm Ciara is tracking towards the UK, pushed by a very powerful jet stream. 

Ciara was named as a storm on Wednesday and is forecast to hit the UK on Saturday night. 

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “An extremely strong jet stream will steer a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK over the next week, starting with Storm Ciara this weekend.

"Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

 “The Met Office will continue to monitor the development of Storm Ciara and other potentially impactful low-pressure systems through next week."

Check back here for further updates on Storm Ciara as the system tracks closer.

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