Storm Barra: Met Office issue weather warning to Birmingham

Strong winds, snow, and heavy rainfall set to hit Birmingham, just weeks on from Storm Arwen.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning to Birmingham, ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport likely.

The majority of the UK is expected to be affected with Met Office weather warnings urging people to expect rain, wind and snow across the country.

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It comes just weeks after the UK dealt with high winds and snowfall as Storm Arwen came.

Birmingham can expect more high winds.

What does a yellow weather warning mean?

The Met Office also has a guide, on what to expect when there is a yellow weather warning for Birmingham.

- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.

- Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.

- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely and some damage to trees possible.

- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

- It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

Also, follow the Met Office for advice on how to stay safe and prepare for a storm, such as securing garden furniture, and strategically parking your car.

How long is the yellow weather warning in place in Birmingham?

The warning comes into place from 9am on the morning of Tuesday, December 7 and lasts for almost 15 hours until 23:59 on the same day.

The worst part of the day will be between 1pm and 2pm, as Birmingham can expect wind speeds of 40mph, the highest that will be in the day.

The poor weather carries into the night, as the weather warning suggests, as at 10pm, wind speeds could be as high as 38mph.

What has the Met Office said about the yellow weather warning in their own words?

On their website, it reads: Frank Saunders is a Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office. He said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker said: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday. Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.”

Mr Walker from The Met Office also said: “Strong south-easterly winds will also lead to snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes, adding to poor visibilities.”

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