Two storms named by the Met Office are expected to bring impacts from strong winds for much of the UK, with the potential for some snow later in the week across parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland.
Both storms are “will make road conditions hazardous” as “severe weather warnings” have been issued by the Met Office.
RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said, “Drivers should take the fact the Met Office has upweighted its warnings from yellow to amber on Friday very seriously.
“Storm Eunice will make road conditions hazardous, so we strongly urge drivers not to risk it and instead consider delaying their journeys until the storm passes.
“For anyone who has to set out, we recommend sticking to major roads and avoiding exposed and coastal routes. It’s also vital to reduce speeds and to take extra care when passing high-sided vehicles so as not to get buffeted off course.”
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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said, “An active jet stream is helping to drive low-pressure systems across the country, with both storms set to cause some disruption and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.
“Significant disruption is possible from both Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice with strong winds one of the main themes of the current forecast.
“The most impactful winds from Dudley will be in the north on Wednesday afternoon, as shown in the amber warning area.
“Storm Eunice is expected to track eastwards from early on Friday, bringing the most significant winds to the central and southern areas of the UK, with some gusts possible in excess of 95mph in exposed coastal areas.”
Katharine Smith, Environment Agency Flood Duty Manager, said, “Strong winds could bring coastal flooding to parts of the west, southwest and south coast of England, as well as the tidal River Severn, in the early hours of Friday morning.
“This is due to Storm Eunice resulting in high waves and potential storm surge coinciding with the start of a period of spring tides.
“Please remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades. We urge people to stay safe on the coast and warn wave watchers against the unnecessary danger of taking ‘storm selfies.’
“Flooding of low-lying coastal roads is also possible and people should avoid driving through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.
“You can check your flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”