WEATHER forecasters have warned that snow and winds of up to 80mph will batter Britain tonight and tomorrow with warnings of a possible risk to life.
Temperatures are set to plummet to -5C with up to 3cm snow set to fall on parts of Northern England and Scotland as more bad weather hits the UK.
The Met Office put a yellow weather warning in place until tomorrow as fierce gusts overturned a lorry on a bridge and a plane struggled to land.
Britain will continue to be pounded by gusts going into tomorrow morning’s rush hour, with a yellow weather warning in place until 7am.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told Sun Online: “It is really the west coast of Scotland that will see the strongest winds.
“It is going to be pretty windy across the UK, with winds of 40-50mph, particularly the overnight part and into the first part of tomorrow morning.
WIND AND SNOW TO LASH UK
“Be aware of the conditions. You have to be careful driving high sided vehicles, particularly lorries.
“We will see some snow in higher ground in Snowdonia and North Wales, anywhere north of there there are some fairly hefty showers around.
“That can lead to some icy stretches. If you are heading out on higher roads tomorrow morning be aware of some slippery conditions.
“Minus five is possible in parts of northern Scotland. We could see -2 or -3 in the Penines, Cumbria and towards Leeds.”
A Flybe flight landing at Leeds Bradford Airport today was rocked by strong winds as it landed.
Terrifying footage showed the moment the aircraft tried to touch down as it was blown across the sky before touching down on the runway.The Met Office has warned of strong winds causing large waves and beach debris to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
Commuters should expect longer journey times and cancellations on road, rail, air and ferry services.
Possible power cuts could also hit mobile phone coverage.
The A9’s Dornoch Bridge in the Highlands was closed today as police dealt with a lorry blown over the pounding winds.
It is likely it will turn windier into the weekend. Some gales will be likely.
Met Office forecaster Simon Patridge
Cops were scrambled to recover the HGV, which was travelling south across the Dornoch Bridge when it was blown onto its side by high winds just after 1pm.
The HGV was travelling south across the Dornoch Bridge when it toppled onto its side due to high winds shortly after 1pm.
This week’s winds and plunging mercury comes after Britain enjoyed one of its warmest Januarys on record.
Last month was one of the top ten warmest Januarys since records began in 1659, with temperatures hitting 6.5C in central England, 2.7C above normal.
Gales are set to lash the country later in the week as a storm barrels in from the Atlantic across the UK.
Storm Ciara may be officially named by the Met Office this week.
The Met’s Simon Partridge added: “It is likely it will turn windier into the weekend. Some gales will be likely.
“We could see severe gales around the coast of the UK.”