Met Office warnings for all of UK as two storms threaten 90mph gales and snow

Almost all of the UK should now be ready for two massive storms this week as weather forecasters ramp up their warnings of heavy snow and high winds.

The Met Office say gusts of up to 80-90mph could batter parts of the country on Wednesday afternoon (16 February) as Storm Dudley sweeps in over Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Gale-force winds from the high-pressure weather system approaching across the Atlantic will then make their way over to northern England by the evening.

The national forecaster has issued a yellow warning for wind across all parts of the UK bar northern Scotland for Friday.

There is also a more severe amber warning in place from today for southern and western Scotland, the north coast of Northern Ireland and northern England.

A forecast on the Met Office website admitted that Storm Dudley would take an unpredictable path on Wednesday, and read: "After a windy day, westerly winds are expected to increase further later on Wednesday afternoon and evening across southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, then parts of Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.

"There is still some uncertainty in the timing and location of the strongest winds but there is the potential for inland wind gusts of 60-70 mph in places.

"Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible around exposed coasts of southwest Scotland for a brief time. The worst of the winds will ease through Thursday morning, though remaining generally windy during the day."

Storm Eunice will then come on Friday with a more wintry flavour, bringing strong winds and potentially up to 10 inches of snow to parts of the country, according to WX Charts.

As well as serious flurries in Scotland and northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland are also expected to see some of the white stuff on Friday, continuing into the weekend.

In Scotland, national train operator ScotRail said it would down most of its services at 4pm tomorrow amid concerns over the potential Storm Dudley threat.

The transport firm made the decision — which could disrupt the commutes of thousands of people — over fears that blowing debris and trees could cause damage to vital rail infrastructure, such as power lines and signals.

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