A Met Office alert has warned that an approaching Storm ‘Arwen’ could wreak havoc in Enderby and elsewhere in Leicestershire this weekend.
The Yellow alert for Friday/Saturday warns of gale-force winds, so not an ideal time to travel any distance.
Residents are being advised to tie down garden furniture and loose bits of kit.
There is also a chance that the storm will bring some wintry showers with the prospect of some sleet and snow. However, Enderby may just see a ‘dusting’ of the white stuff.
Nationally, in some areas the Met Office has predicted the risk of flying debris, damage to buildings and delays to journeys as winds reach up to 80mph. and also a chance of power cuts.
A Met Office spokesperson said it’s likely to be really cold petty much everywhere, especially after dark.
Storm Arwen, a name selected as part of the ‘Name Our Storms’ collaboration with Irish forecasters Met Éireann and Dutch forecasters KNMI, is set to track slowly southwards across the North Sea on Friday, bringing severe gales to the northeast in particular, but potentially disruptive winds for much of the UK.
On the Met Office website Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri said, “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will impact the northeast in particular from Friday, but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow probable over the high ground.
“Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm sinks southwards and will widely bring gusts of up to 65mph in coastal areas, although slightly stronger in the northeast, with in excess of 75mph possible in exposed locations.”
Disruption to travel…
Storm Arwen brings with it the risk of disruption to travel, power cuts and potential damage, especially within the amber area and near the coasts, where large waves could see material thrown on to coastal roads, sea fronts and properties.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams said: “The settled weather being experienced by much of the country will end abruptly with the arrival of Storm Arwen, and will lead to some really challenging driving conditions. High winds can seriously affect vehicle handling, so drivers need to make sure that strong gusts don’t take them by surprise.
“It’s important to adjust your driving in windy conditions by slowing down, being very careful when passing high-sided vehicles on exposed stretches of motorway as you can be buffeted off course, and keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel. Drivers should also remember to give extra space to cyclists and motorcyclists when overtaking. In extreme windy conditions, bridges may also be closed and trees may fall so it’s important to allow extra time for journeys.”