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Strong winds set to batter New Forest and Christchurch as Storm Barra bears down



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A YELLOW weather warning has been slapped across the New Forest and Christchurch for tomorrow and Wednesday as Storm Barra hits the UK.

The Met Office says the low-pressure system will bring gusts of 45-50mph, with 60-70mph in exposed coastal spots.

The storm is set to envelop much of the country and bring snow to northern England and Scotland, but flurries are unlikely to travel this far south.

The weather warning affects much of the UK for Tuesday
The weather warning affects much of the UK for Tuesday

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening.

"The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Deputy chief meteorologist, Brent Walker added: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday.

"Two to 5cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach 10cm, particularly in parts of the southern Uplands and Highlands.”

A yellow alert is also in place for much of the local area on Wednesday
A yellow alert is also in place for much of the local area on Wednesday

“Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”

The national weather agency said delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were likely, as were power cuts. Coastal routes and seafronts will also be affected by spray and large waves.

The warning is in place from 9am tomorrow to 6pm Wednesday.

Storm Barra follows hot on the heels of Arwen, which saw the cancellation of New Milton's Christmas lights switch-on and celebrations last weekend.



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