Rare red weather forecast and snow forecast issued by Met Office

The Met Office has issued a rare red warning warning of danger to life as storm Arwen is set to bring strong winds and snow.

Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as winter’s first storm is expected to hit parts of north-east England and Scotland with gusts up to 80-90 mph.

A red wind warning is in place for these areas between 3pm on Friday and 2am on Saturdays, where roofs can blow off and flying debris can cause life-threatening conditions.

The Met Office also expects that there will be power outages and closure of roads, bridges and railway lines.

Snow warnings have also been issued for large parts of northern England and Scotland until 1 p.m. 10 on Saturday.

Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Day urged people traveling to take the weather into account: “The whole country is going to see windy conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that especially the eastern parts of Scotland are going to experience some difficult weather.”

The Met Office names storms based on their potential impact, with storm Arwen declared as a result of the red wind warning.

Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the areas hardest hit by the strong winds would be predominantly on the coast.

He added: “As Arwen is causing disturbances, there will also be a chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the higher regions of Scotland and the north of England.

“There may also be some snow in the lower part of the north of England, though it is likely to be short-lived and fall in the form of sleet or winter rain.

“It comes amid a drop in temperature, with parts of Scotland and England falling below freezing during the night.”

The RAC has advised motorists to prepare for strong gusts of wind by slowing down and being “very careful” when passing high-sided vehicles or cyclists.

Spokesman Simon Williams said: “Under extreme windy conditions, bridges can also be closed and trees can fall, so it is important to allow extra time for travel.

“With weather forecasts predicting strong winds along with colder conditions, drivers should take this opportunity to prepare their vehicles for the winter by checking oil and coolant levels and ensuring they have adequate good quality washing that protects down to a well below minus 10C, and that they have properly inflated tires with good tread. “

Additional reporting from the Press Association

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