Do you have Christmas travel plans to the UK? You may just have to postpone that. Weather forecasters warn about a storm that threatens to hit large parts of the United Kingdom.
Storm Barbara is predicted to bring gusts of up to 90mph are set to batter parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland over Christmas. It is also said that power supply may be hit. Ferries are delayed and bridges closed due to strong winds on Friday and Christmas Eve.
Road traffic will not look good at all. The gusts could cause chaos on the roads for the 3.5 million drivers predicted to be planning a Christmas getaway on Friday, with 3.8 million expected to take to the roads on Christmas Eve.
The yellow warnings warn of gusts of wind up to 55mph on Wednesday to Thursday and to 70mph on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, snowfalls with accumulations of five to 10cm have also been forecasted on upland areas of western and central Highlands.
Amber weather warning - meaning be prepared - is already in place for the Scottish highlands and Shetlands from midday on Friday to 6am on Christmas Eve, where gusts of 80-90mph are forecast into Christmas Eve, The Guardian reported. Northern Ireland and Northern England will also be hit, with gales of between 60mph and 80mph expected on Friday and the early hours of Christmas Eve.
Weather forecaster, Met Office, said that the storm will really keep people from traveling during Christmas. The office also said that they will review sailings and would advise anyone planning to travel by ferry to careful plan their journeys in the next few days.
Ferry operators say that their routes have already been disrupted by the weather and that several services have been canceled due to the storm. Officials advice travelers to check with their provider first if their route is one of those canceled.
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