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Storm Gareth upgraded to ‘mega-storm’ as Britain braces for snow and blizzards

It has doubled in size from 1,000 to 2,000 miles wide

The UK has already got a taster of what Storm Gareth is set to bring as it continues to spread across the country.

But now, it’s been said the storm has doubled into a 2000-mile wide mega-storm in the last 24 hours.

According to the Met Office, brutal downpours and 90mph winds are set to batter Britain in the coming days.

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The Met Office issued “severe” yellow warnings across the UK for wind and heavy rain.

It’s even been said snow is forecast over high ground in the north.

In the last 24 hours, Storm Gareth has doubled in size from 1,000 to 2,000 miles wide, bringing severe gales from Iceland to Spain.

Forecaster and director of The Weather Outlook Brian Gaze has told The Sun Online: “Heavy showers will affect Wales and north western parts of Britain.

“Over the hills they will turn to snow – 15cm to 20cm is possible over higher parts of the Scottish mountains.

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The storm has doubled into a 2000-mile wide mega-storm in the last 24 hours (Credit: Pexels)

“The Welsh mountains and hills in northern England could also have a few centimetres on the ground.”

He added that in addition to 90mph gales hitting the north west coast, winds up to 60mph are possible throughout much of the UK.

Brian said the combination of “strong winds and heavy snow showers” could lead to “blizzard” conditions over high ground in the north.

Meanwhile, the Met Office is also warning people about fallen trees, flying debris and travel disruption on ‘Black Wednesday’.

The RAC also said 31,000 roadside call-outs were predicted on Wednesday across all UK breakdown providers.

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RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “It’s ‘Black Wednesday’ for travel with rush-hour dangers to motorists from fallen trees, debris and floods, plus traffic jams from increased accidents and road and bridge closures.”

The Met Office also warned Storm Gareth’s winds will register Force 11 on the Beaufort Scale in many regions – which is just one level lower than a hurricane.

Gareth is said to be the largest named storm to affect the UK since Storm Doris in 2017.

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