The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for high winds on Thursday which are expected to batter the northern half of the country.
The Met Officer are warning that Storm Pia could disrupt Christmas travel plans as low pressure in the north will see winds hit between 70 to 8o mph in northern Scotland.
Winds on the high grounds will reach between 65 to 70 mph and in northern Ireland, north Wales, Scotland, England, Birmingham and parts of east Anglia wind speeds will reach up to 55 mph.
From midnight to 9pm on Thursday the yellow weather warning is in place and the Met Office has warned to expect travel disruption and power cuts are possible.
Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesperson, said, “It is quite a wide wind warning area. Gusts are forecast quite widely to be 45-55mph, possibly 65-70mph to the east of high ground in Scotland.
“The strongest winds are likely to be found in the north and north east of Scotland including the Northern Isles, with 70-80mph in the morning.”
Dixon said looking ahead, there is a slight possibility of snow on Christmas Day, but this will only in the far north of Scotland.
“It looks like there will be a drier afternoon in the south of the UK for those post-Christmas dinner walks,” he added.