UK storm forecast: Franklin to batter Britain with 8inch snow bomb as 70mph gusts hit

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The Met Office has issued weather warnings through to Monday as Storm Franklin strikes during Sunday night. Forecasters have said a jet stream will bring low pressure to the UK, causing unsettled weather to strike.

Maps from WXCharts hold that Sunday evening sees pressure systems intensify rains and winds with London and the south east seeing rains up to 5mm an hour by 6pm.

Meanwhile, along the west coast of Scotland and the north west of England, snowfall up to 2cm an hour features throughout the evening before strengthening to 5cm into Sunday night.

By midnight on Monday, Franklin will have brought snow as far south as Southhampton, which sees a light 1cm an hour, while Northern Ireland and the north west of England see 6cm of snow fall an hour.

Worst affected by the snow storm is Fort William and the highest regions of Scotland, which are set to see continual snow throughout Sunday evening to Monday morning.

Depth charts see Fort William with 20cm of snow on the ground, or nearly 8 inches, parts of north England see up to 6cm on the ground.

The UK is braced for its third storm in a week as Storm Franklin hits with 70mph gusts and snow

The UK is braced for its third storm in a week as Storm Franklin hits with 70mph gusts and snow (Image: WXCHARTS)

Maps show snowfall up to 2cm an hour throughout Sunday evening before strengthening to 5cm

Maps show snowfall up to 2cm an hour throughout Sunday evening before strengthening to 5cm (Image: WXCHARTS)

By Monday midnight on, snow will fall as far south as Southhampton, which sees a 1cm an hour

By Monday midnight on, snow will fall as far south as Southhampton, which sees a 1cm an hour (Image: WXCHARTS)

Wind gusts begin to pick up as Storm Francis arrives from 6pm, with maps seeing Cornwall, Wales and Northern Ireland buffeted by around 55mph gusts.

The south east and London will also see heavier winds by 6pm, also seeing around 55mph gusts, while much of Scotland and northern England sees about 40mph gusts.

By 3am on Monday Storm Francis will be in full effect and areas in the north will suffer gusts over 70mph, with Merseyside, Carlisle and Belfast suffering the winds which mostly stay over the Isle of Man.

By midday the worst of the gusts will have subsided, but the south of the UK will continue to be blown by near 40mph winds throughout the afternoon.

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Depth charts see Fort William with 20cm of snow on the ground, or nearly 8 inches

Depth charts see Fort William with 20cm of snow on the ground, or nearly 8 inches (Image: WXCHARTS)

Wind gusts begin from 6pm, with Cornwall, Wales and Northern Ireland buffeted by around 55mph gusts

Wind gusts begin from 6pm, with Cornwall, Wales and Northern Ireland buffeted by around 55mph gusts (Image: WXCHARTS)

Paul Michaelwaite, Netweather.tv director, wrote for the agency’s website Storm Franklin will bring gusts up to 70mph.

He said: “The jet stream is going to stay strong and over the UK virtually throughout, sending more low pressure systems our way, keeping the weather very unsettled, with more bouts of rain (with snow at times in the north) and strong winds.

“Franklin is going to do two things. It’ll pep up the shower activity across Scotland and Northern England, with snow accumulating over the high ground in particular.

“It’s also going to tighten the isobars and re-strengthen the winds again, with coastal areas of Northwest England, Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and North Wales potentially seeing gusts in excess of 70mph for a time.

“Inland across England and Wales, 50-65mph gusts are also likely.

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By Monday 3am areas in the north will suffer gusts over 70mph, mostly over the Isle of Man

By Monday 3am areas in the north will suffer gusts over 70mph, mostly over the Isle of Man (Image: WXCHARTS)

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind on Sunday, as well as one for rain

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind on Sunday, as well as one for rain (Image: MET OFFICE)

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind on Sunday, as well as one for rain.

The wind warning is in effect from midday to 1pm on Monday, and covers the entirety of Wales, Northern Ireland and England from the midlands down, as well was the south west of scotland and parts of north west England.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “Winds are likely to strengthen across England and Wales on Sunday, as an increasingly squally band of rain moves southeastwards.

“Gusts of 55-60 mph are expected widely around south and west facing coasts, but possibly also briefly inland. There is a chance that a few exposed places could see gusts near 70 mph.

“Strong gusts associated with blustery wintry showers will follow from the north. A swathe of very strong winds will reach Northern Ireland later Sunday evening in association with Storm Franklin.

“These very strong winds will spread to many other western, central and southern areas of the UK overnight and early Monday, with gusts widely 50-60 mph, whilst west facing coastal districts will see gusts of 65-75 mph and perhaps 80 mph briefly near north coast of Northern Ireland.

“In the south these strong winds may hamper, or slow, ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Storm Eunice. Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during the remainder of Monday.”

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind over the top of Northern Ireland

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind over the top of Northern Ireland (Image: MET OFFICE)

From midnight on Monday to 7am, the Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind over the top of Northern Ireland, affecting Derry and Belfast.

They said in a statement: “A swathe of very strong west to northwesterly winds will reach the north coast of Northern Ireland late on Sunday evening, quickly moving south into the early hours of Monday.

“Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected widely and perhaps 80 mph briefly near exposed northern coasts. Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during Monday morning.”

Sunday’s warning for rain is in effect from midnight to 6pm, and covers much of Greater Manchester.

It said: “An area of heavy rain will affect parts of northwest England on Sunday and become slow-moving for a time with some very heavy rain, especially over high ground.

“The duration and intensity of the rainfall could bring widespread totals of 20 to 40 mm, but some exposed sites may see 60 to 80 mm on Sunday – however – this will fall on to already-saturated ground. The rain should clear south by Sunday evening.”



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