BBC Weather: Storm Arwen unleashes snow blast as -7C engulfs Britain tonight

Storm Arwen: Snowy blasts and icy temperatures forecast

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Storm Arwen has wreaked havoc across the UK, with winds of nearly 100mph lashing the coastline and turning deadly. A man died last night after his car was hit by a falling tree in Northern Ireland as the Met Office continues to warn about “damaging” winds. The latest BBC weather forecast also shows plenty of snow blanketing parts of the country today.

BBC meteorologist Ben Rich told BBC Breakfast viewers: “There is a lot going on in the weather as you no doubt will have heard.

“Storm Arwen has brought some exceptionally strong winds overnight. According to the Met Office, a gust of 98mph was recorded at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

“And that’s all because of Storm Arwen. We still have Met Office amber warnings in force across parts of northern and eastern Scotland.

“As well as across the north-east coast of England, and the coast of Wales and Cornwall.”

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The BBC weather presenter continued: “The potential for gusts is up to 70 mph, but it could maybe get a little stronger than that in places.”

Mr Rich then turned to the latest snowfall, as he showed a picture of a snow-covered Sheffield.

He told viewers: “It’s not only the wind! We have had a mixture of rain, sleet and yes, snow falling across many parts of the UK.

“Where you see white on the radar picture, that indicates a mixture of sleet and snow.

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“We do have a lot of wintry showers moving into Scotland as well, many of these quite low-level too.

“Temperatures today, at the very best, will be between 3C and 7C. But factor in the wind and it will feel really cold out there.

“Tonight we keep some wintry showers, some rain, sleet and snow across England.

“Temperatures overnight could plummet as low as -7C in north-west England.”

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However, the BBC meteorologist did forecast that temperatures could climb “back up to double digits next week”.

A rare Met Office red “danger to life” weather warning expired in the early hours of this morning – but amber and yellow warnings for wind remain in place across parts of the UK.

In North Wales, ITV abandoned plans for a live episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! from Gwrych Castle – with Ant and Dec pre-recording their parts of the programme instead.

Fallen debris also forced several roads to close in the worst-hit parts of Scotland.

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