Britain braced for 80mph winds as Storm Atiyah rages across country ahead of predicted snow

There could be "significant" levels of freezing snow by Wednesday

Weather warnings are in force and have been expanded across the south of the UK following Storm Atiyah’s battering of Ireland’s west coast.

Yellow weather warnings have been extended into Monday, meaning many areas of Britain could experience very rough conditions overnight and point to travel problems for commuters in the morning.

A Met Office expert told the Mirror’s website the warnings will now cover the south west of England and much of Wales as 50mph inland winds and gales of up to 80mph in coastal areas.

They told the tabloid: “There could be some disruption through to tomorrow morning for commuters as the warning is in force until 9am.

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“So people up early and doing the school run likely need to be wary of some disruption tomorrow morning.”

Looking ahead, Storm Brendan is expected to hit the UK on Tuesday with predictions much of the country could be affected by “significant” levels of freezing snow by Wednesday, the Express website reports.

Monday morning commuters will have transport disruption from Atiyah’s gusts.

A 1,500-mile, 100mph ‘weather bomb’ could also see coastal areas blasted by 40ft waves, according to Mail Online.

A ‘weather bomb’ is the description for an intense, low pressure system with a central pressure that falls 24 millibars in the same amount of hours.

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Heavy storms, blustery showers and high winds are all predicted for this final week of the General Election campaign, but sunny spells are also expected.

A Met Office spokesperson warned the Mail’s website: “With trees likely to be down, large waves and localised flooding, Monday morning commuters will have transport disruption from Atiyah’s gusts of up to 75mph in the south west.”

They continued: “A windy Tuesday everywhere will see 50–60mph gusts in the south west, north west and Scotland, with 70mph possible in north west Scotland, over 100mph on the Cairngorms, and 40-45mph in other parts of England.

“Wednesday looks blustery and election day will be a wet one in the South, with blustery showers in the north, then turning colder still by the weekend with wintry showers on higher ground in northern England, Scotland and possibly north Wales.”

And according to the BBC, tonight will be windy and possibly stormy, with severe gales that could ease through Monday, which is expected to be mostly dry.

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