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Storm gerrit looms: Met office issues 800-mile-wide weather warnings for the UK”

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Nation braces for impact as wind, rain, and snow threaten disruptions during the new year period

The UK is on high alert as the Met Office announces the arrival of Storm Gerrit, bringing with it a barrage of weather warnings, including wind, rain, and snow. The nation is urged to prepare for potential disruptions on Wednesday, December 27, and Thursday, December 28, as the storm sweeps across large parts of the country.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders issued a statement outlining the expected impacts of Storm Gerrit. Southern coastal areas of England are likely to experience strong winds, peaking at around 70 mph on exposed coastlines and ranging from 50-60 mph more widely within the warning areas. Rainfall is identified as an additional hazard, with active weather fronts leading to widespread wet conditions. Snow is expected to cause problems in northern areas, particularly affecting upland routes across the Pennines and southern Scotland, with up to 20 cm of snow possibly accumulating in some regions.

The forecast includes warnings of spray and flooding on roads, potentially leading to longer journey times and disruptions to road, rail, air, and ferry services. High-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges may experience delays, and there’s a possibility of short-term power and service outages. Coastal routes, sea fronts, and communities are likely to be affected by spray and large waves, raising concerns about potential flooding of homes and businesses.

Saunders highlighted the severity of the gales expected in certain regions, with gusts reaching 65 or 70 mph around exposed coasts and over high ground. A spell of very severe gales is predicted to sweep east and northeast across the Celtic and Irish Sea, impacting parts of west Wales and northwest England.

The Met Office emphasizes the need for preparedness, urging individuals to check road conditions and transport timetables, and advising those on the coast to be cautious of large waves. Power outage preparedness is also recommended, suggesting the gathering of essential items such as torches, batteries, and mobile phone power packs.

The weather warnings cover various regions, with different combinations of wind, snow, and rain alerts issued for specific areas. As the situation evolves, the Met Office advises the public to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts in their respective regions.

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