Storm Barra brings rain, snow and gales

[Updated 06:55 07/12/2021]

Another spell of heavy snow. Staff’s moorland. Posted by toppiker60

A deep area of low pressure named Storm Barra brings very wet and windy weather to the UK today. Heavy outbreaks of rain push northeastwards and in the north they are turn to sleet or snow, with heavy falls over higher ground. Gales or severe gales also bring the likelihood of travel disruption and damage.

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Another spell of heavy snow. Staff’s moorland. Posted by toppiker60 View the full size picture.

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Tuesday starts with patchy outbreaks of rain and gales in the south west. Elsewhere it is dry and there has been a widespread frost.

Through the day heavy outbreaks of rain associated with Storm Barra spread northeastwards. In the north a period of snow is likely and over high ground significant accumulations are possible. Winds strengthen to gale force inland and severe gales force in western coastal counties. Brighter conditions follow but showers develop and over high ground some will be wintry. 

Rather cold. Temperatures range from a very cold 1C (34F) in the north to 8C (46F) near to the south coast. See the rain and lightning radar for the latest view.

UKV, wind gusts, 15:00, Tuesday, 7th December

Tonight the persistent rain, sleet and snow clears northeastwards. All regions then have a mix of clear spells and showers which will be wintry over high ground in Wales and to lower levels in the north. Later in the night more persistent spells of rain could push down across Wales and into south western England. It remains very windy, particularly in southern and western coastal counties.

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Tomorrow brings sunny spells and heavy showers. Once again the showers produce a wintry mix over high ground in Wales and the northern half half of Britain. Generally blustery and possibly very windy in the south west. Cold.

UKV, rain and snow, 15:00 Wednesday, 8th December

Changeable end to the week

Thursday starts with scattered showers in the east. They should fade away to leave dry conditions in all regions for a time. Through the afternoon another band of rain pushes eastwards across Northern Ireland and into western Britain. Rather cold.

Through the rest of the week the changeable theme continues. All regions can expect dry periods but there will be showers or longer spells of rain too. Temperatures fluctuate and at times it will be chilly. Sleet or snow remains possible over high ground in the north. The best of the dry periods are likely to be in the south.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 Sunday, 12th December

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