Met Office issues weather warnings across much of the UK for Wednesday as Storm Gerrit approaches, threatening to cause transport delays and disruption.
The storm will bring strong winds and heavy rain to large parts of the UK on Wednesday. Yellow wind and rain warnings have been put in place across much of the country by the Met Office. Network Rail Scotland has also warned rail passengers to expect speed restrictions and potential cancellations.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said naming the storm meant highlighting the risks to people travelling after Christmas. He stated that naming it would draw attention to the hazards due to the number of warnings being issued.
The stormy conditions will cover most of the UK, with strong winds expected across southern England, western Wales, northwest England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Gusts could reach 50-60mph widely and up to 70mph in exposed areas. Heavy rain is also forecast, with 40-60mm likely and over 70mm possible across western hills.
This wet and windy weather increases risks of travel disruption, power cuts and some flooding. Areas above 200m in Scotland could see significant snowfall. Mr Partridge noted only central parts of the UK are not covered by wind warnings currently.
Public Urged to Take Care Amid Risk of Transport Delays and Hazardous Driving Conditions
With Storm Gerrit set to batter the UK, travellers have been cautioned about potential hazards and delays to transport modes. There is an elevated risk of difficult driving conditions.
Motorists are advised to take extra precautions on the roads due to strong winds and heavy rain impacting visibility and vehicle control.
The public should take particular care when travelling by road due to the winds and rain. Journey times are expected to increase across rail networks, and there may also be some flight cancellations. Ferry services could also face disruption due to the adverse conditions at sea.
Network Rail Scotland stated speed restrictions would be imposed on the rail network, urging passengers to check for updates regarding delays or cancellations. Lineside trees and obstructions are more likely in high winds increasing the possibility of damage to infrastructure.