UK set for more weather chaos with newly-named Storm Barra set to bring high winds, rain and snow

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Watch: Storm Barra set to batter UK as thousands of homes still without power after Storm Arwen

The UK is facing more weather warnings this week with the arrival of the newly-named 'Storm Barra'.

On Sunday the Met Office announced that an area of low-pressure hitting the UK from the Atlantic on Tuesday has been named Storm Barra, and is set to hit the Republic of Ireland hardest.

The storm brings with it strong winds and rain as well as snow across northern England and Scotland, the Met Office said.

The warnings come as more than 3,000 home were still without power more than a week after Storm Arwen caused outages.

Weather warnings for wind and snow are in place across the UK for Tuesday, with the arrival of Storm Barra. (Met Office)
Weather warnings for wind and snow are in place across the UK for Tuesday, with the arrival of Storm Barra. (Met Office)

Yellow wind weather warnings are in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with yellow snow warnings in place in Southern and Western Scotland.

As well as weather warnings, the Met Office predicts further wet and windy weather heading into next week.

Read more: Storm Arwen: Anger at Westminster's response as thousands fear winter with intermittent power

This week's poor weather conditions are set to hit areas already impacted by Storm Arwen, causing further problems.

On Saturday, gusts of between 35-50mph battered the country overnight, with temperatures plummeting to below zero in parts of Scotland.

A fallen tree blocks a road in the centre of Norton village in Teeside after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the UK during Storm Arwen. Picture date: Saturday November 27, 2021. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
The UK is set to get battered by more bad weather with the arrival of Storm Barra just over a week after Storm Arwen caused chaos. (Getty)

In a statement announcing the naming of Storm Barra, Frank Saunders, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, 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 45-50mph are expected widely, with 60-70mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period."

Members of the armed forces carry customer care packs, which contain amongst other items, hot water bottles, hats, blankets, gloves and thermal socks, in St John's Chapel, Weardale, County Durham, to hand to residents who have been without power for a week since Storm Arwen caused
Members of the armed forces have been drafted in to help communities left without power following Storm Arwen. (PA)

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Brent Walker added: "A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday."

He said 2cm to 5cm of snow is expected across the area covered by the weather warnings, but that could reach 10cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands, as well as snow drifting in places, particularly over the highest routes.

On a visit to the North East on Sunday to survey the damage caused by Storm Arwen, Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warned power firms that the government would review their operations following continuing outages.

His comments come after Boris Johnson said he had held calls with those leading the response to Storm Arwen and the government was ready to further support the recovery work “in any way we can”.

Nearly 300 personnel from the Army and the Royal Marines were still in the area on Sunday morning, providing support to civil authorities and conducting door-to-door checks on vulnerable people, the Ministry of Defence said.

Watch: RNLI lifeboat battles massive waves during Storm Arwen

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