Red ‘Severe Weather’ Warning Issued As Storm Emma Arrives

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If you thought the weather couldn’t get any worse with all the snow falling at the moment, you’re not going to be too happy with what’s coming… she’s called Storm Emma.

If you were thinking of going out on Thursday, then you may want to think again as Storm Emma is due to hit, bringing with it lightning, blizzards and strong winds.

The Met Office have released a red ‘severe weather’ warning for parts of Scotland this afternoon, (February 28), going into tomorrow morning.

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The alert warned certain ‘communities could be cut off’ for a few days with lengthy power-cuts and blocked roads.

It read in full:

Heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow in the strong easterly winds will become more widespread across the area later on Wednesday afternoon, through the evening and overnight into Thursday.

Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers.

Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected. Some communities could become cut off for several days.

Long interruptions to power supplies and other services.

This is only the second red warning for snow ever issued by the Met Office with the first being given to Wales in January 2013.

They added:

Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.

Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

The wild conditions are expected to arrive from the west coast of Portugal on Wednesday evening, meaning we can expect winds of 50mph in the UK on Thursday and Friday.

If you live in London, the southeast, the southwest, Wales or the Midlands, you’re also likely to be affected, with multiple amber and yellow weather warnings being issued for these regions.

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A Met Office spokesman issued an alert for these areas:

There’s potential for a spell of heavy snow, accompanied by strong winds at first.

Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur.

Some rural communities could become cut off. Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible.

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Forecaster Alex Burkill added:

The Portuguese meteorological service has just named Storm Emma so the Met Office will now adopt that name.

It will move in from the southwest on Thursday before spreading northwards and eastwards bringing more snow across most of the country into Friday.

There’ll also be very strong winds and the potential for freezing rain and ice.

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In most places temperatures are expected to drop to an incredibly chilly -8C.

They could even plunge to -14C in the Scottish Highlands, so make sure you wrap up warm and stay safe.

The red warning is in place from 3pm today until 10am tomorrow. To keep up to date with the weather warnings for your area, please check the Met Office’s website.