The Army has been called in to help after homes were devastated by Cyclone Arwen – with snow and MUCH stronger winds that could slam Britain through in the coming days.
Thousands of Britons are facing a second weekend without power as another cold storm is about to sweep across the UK – and an ‘explosion’ weather front may cause severe gusts of wind.
The temperature will down to -3C in some areas at the weekend after days of persistent snow and showers across England.
Homes across parts of Scotland, the North East and North West of England remain without power after Cyclone Arwen swept through more than a week ago and wreaked havoc across the UK.
As of last night, more than 9,000 homes were still without power after widespread power lines were damaged.
The Department of Defense says 297 staff from the British Army and Royal Marines have now been deployed to help areas devastated by Cyclone Arwen.
Soldiers are conducting door-to-door checks of vulnerable people in their homes and providing reassurance to local communities.
Around 80 soldiers from the 4 Royal Artillery Arms stationed at Barracks Alan Brook at Topcliffe were dispatched to Northumberland today to check on the vulnerable and provide help.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our dedicated Armed Forces personnel are standing with the civilian government to provide essential support to communities impacted by Hurricane Arwen.
“The ability to quickly deploy anywhere in the UK is required to help keep us all safer and ensure we can protect the most vulnerable in our society. me.”
With the British still reeling from the effects of Hurricane ArwenBBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes warned an “explosively growing” area of low pressure could wreak havoc across the UK next week.
He said the area of low pressure would be “very strong” as “very windy weather, definitely gusts” to hit the country.
He told the BBC Breakfast audience: “Next week we have a rapid deep low pressure”.
“This is an explosively developing low. It’s going to be very strong.
“Throughout the week this is going to bring showers of rain, definitely showers, and we’re likely to have some very windy weather really blowing our way as we head into Tuesday.”
And Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at the British Weather Service, warned the weather front could turn into the second named storm in the UK in less than ten days.
It comes as snow is forecast to fall in parts of eastern England, the North Yorkshire Moors and parts of Lincolnshire today.
The chance of a white Christmas becomes more and more when Great Britain fell sharply in an “Arctic shot”.
And strong winds and widespread downpours are likely to affect the Northwest.
TEMPERATURE OF CHILDREN
Forecasters say Scotland will be cloudy in the morning, with some rain and snow on the hills breaking out today, but drier and brighter in the afternoon with some showers in the west.
Northern parts of the UK will have a peak of 6C while the south will have a peak of 8C.
Sunday will continue to be chilly with some showers in the east of England, but the west will see dry weather and mild sunshine.
Frost is expected in colder parts of the UK, including central and western Scotland, where temperatures could drop to freezing of -3°C and -5°C.
Steve Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “In some ways we are expecting fairly typical early-December weather this weekend and nothing too unusual as expected.
“But some points to be aware of would be the wind, which under normal circumstances shouldn’t be an issue but if you’re trying to repair downed power lines it’s more sensitive.
“Saturday is forecast to be cold. There will be a fairly light windscreen coming down from the northwest, so there won’t be a feeling above freezing in quite a few places.
“So if you’re out and about for Christmas shopping, put on some extra layers.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16937719/uk-weather-army-storm-arwen-snow-gale-force-winds/ Troops have been called in after homes were ravaged by Hurricane Arwen with snow and MANY strong winds set to strike in a matter of days.