Seven weather warnings in force as Storm Gerrit brings in more rain and snow

People brave the weather crossing the Millennium Bridge in London. Storm Gerrit will bring strong winds and heavy rain to many parts of the UK on Wednesday, with wintry hazards also likely, forecasters warned. Picture date: Wednesday December 27, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Gerrit. Photo credit should read: Jeff Moore/PA Wire

People brave the weather crossing the Millennium Bridge in London (Picture: PA)

Seven yellow weather warnings for snow, ice, wind and rain are covering the UK today after Storm Gerrit swept across the country.

Although the peak of the supercell storm has passed, the Met Office has said Saturday will be unsettled with strong winds and heavy rain.

One warning for wind stretches across the south coast, which will be in place from 11am to 3am on Sunday.

Another warning also covers Wales from 10am to 6pm, but this time for heavy rain which may lead to some flooding and disruption.

The Met Office has also issued three warnings for snow and rain covering the north of England and Scotland.

These will remain in place throughout Saturday.

The north of Scotland may also wake up to icy conditions, which forecasters said could lead to injuries.

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Northern Ireland has not been spared from Storm Gerrit’s aftermath, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for rain from 4am to 11am.

Many travellers returning from the Christmas break found travel plans thrown into chaos as the weather disrupted trains, just a week after Storm Pia did the same on their way out.

Storm Gerrit even created a ‘localised tornado’ as it passed over Greater Manchester on Wednday, which damaged around 100 properties.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Steven Ramsdale said: ‘Heavy rain will spread across all but the far north on Saturday affecting similar areas previously affected by Storm Gerrit.’

Looking further ahead into 2024, there is low forecast confidence.

‘Through to mid-January, there is a signal for a shift in the pattern compared to the winter so far, with more settled and colder-than-average conditions becoming increasingly likely,’ said a Met Office spokesperson.

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