UK snow LIVE: Widespread blackout fears as 70mph Storm Barra to dump up to 12INS of snow

Storm Barra: Met Office predicts Scotland will face 80mph gales

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Yellow wind warnings are in place across much of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, although the west of Ireland will receive the worst of the storm on Tuesday.

The heaviest rain was near Launceston in north Cornwall, which saw 14mm fall in three hours from 7am.

It comes just ten days after Storm Arwen rocked the UK, leaving thousands without power in homes and businesses.

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Snow begins to fall in Scotland

Snow has begun to fall in Scotland as Strom Barra hits the UK. 

Snowploughs have been seen patrolling the A66 between Stainmore and Bowes as well as small villages such as Leadhills to minimise travel disruption. 

Blizzards and snowfall of up to 20cm are expected to fall causing treacherous conditions on roads at higher altitudes, the Met Office said.

Higher ground should expect to see snow

The Met Office has set it is likely that Storm Barra will not be as bad as Storm Arwen, but that disruption to travel is likely. 

Elsewhere, some short-term loss of power is possible due to the wind and snow and heavy rain is expected to fall until Wednesday.

There is also “a small chance” that larger-than-usual waves in coastal areas could present a risk of injury or potentially a threat to life if wild winds whip street furniture and beach material into the air.

Met Officer spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said: “Storm Barra will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of the UK today.

“We may see some snow on the higher ground, too.

“It is unlikely to be as impactful as Storm Arwen last week but there will be blustery conditions so people should still be prepared.”

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