Snow, wind and ice to batter UK with 65mph gales sparking travel chaos

Snow, wind and ice warnings are in place over the UK today with gusts expected to reach 65mph.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow in the Midlands from Birmingham to Manchester and said there could be travel disruption in the morning.

Delays on public transport are expected along with loss of power to some areas.

Police warned motorists in north Wales about snow on the A55 in Pentre Halkyn earlier this morning and South Wales Police also advised motorists about flooding on the A465 at Hirwaun.

High gusty winds of up to 60mph are also expected to hit southern England today and may cause some travel disruption.

An alert for snow and ice is in place covering all of Northern Ireland and much of western Scotland and the north west of England.

The Met Office warned: "Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services."

There’s also a yellow warning for high winds across England’s south coast with power cuts possible and high-sided vehicles at risk of overturning.

Shortly after 7am Devon & Cornwall Police tweeted: "Police receiving exceptional number of calls from right across Devon and Cornwall re fallen trees across roads this morning due to the high winds.

"Please reduce speed and be vigilant when driving."

It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may also be battered by spray and large waves.

Met Office meteorologist Ellie Creed told the Express: “Another windy day on Sunday.

“Widespread frosty start for many of us and there is further unsettled weather to come through the day.”

If any of the warnings are increased in severity from yellow to orange it may mean that ‘Storm Gareth’ is on the way.

Met Office forecaster Jon Snow told Sun Online: "Temperatures may not reach higher than 10C in the south, and it will feel particularly cold in the north."

Long-range forecasters warn storms will herald the return of Arctic conditions with heavy snow possible by next weekend.

A weather warning for wind covering all of Northern Ireland, Wales and much of England is in place for Wednesday.

What’s the forecast for Monday?

Tomorrow will be dry with spells of sunshine for many in the morning, although there will be a scattering of wintry showers continuing in northern and north-western Britain.

The afternoon will see a good deal of dry and fine weather, with the showers easing in the north.

By the evening, it will become cloudy in the west with rain possible in the far west, some of which is likely to be heavy.

South to south-westerly winds will also strengthen, becoming strong to near gale-force in the far north-west by the end of the day.

Tuesday will be cold and rainy with severe gales on coastal areas and high grounds with speeds up to 75mph with Northern Ireland and the Republic the worst affected.

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