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Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
Storm Dylan will bring gusts of wind of 70 to 80 mph on Saturday and Sunday (Picture: Met Office)

The Met Office has issued a forecast saying that Storm Dylan is going to hit the UK on New Year’s Eve.

It will strike parts of Ireland on Saturday evening before heading to the UK on Sunday Morning.

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There will be gusts of 70 to 80mph across Northern Ireland and southern Scotland, making for a blustery end to the year.

It is the fourth named storm of the year after Aileen in September, Brian in October and Caroline in December.

The Met Office said: ‘Some very strong winds are possible across Northern Ireland and then southern Scotland on New Years Eve.

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Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
A number of weather warnings are already in place across the UK (Picture: PA)

‘There is a small chance of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, with the potential for injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

‘Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal areas could also be a hazard.

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‘There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected with the chance that some roads and bridges could close.

‘Power cuts and other services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.’

Heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind have caused disruption across much of Britain as a band of ‘severe’ weather rolled across the country.

Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
The scene in York as storm Dylan approaches British waters (Picture: PA)
Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
There’s been widespread snow across the country – this is the scene in Sheffield (Picture: PA)
Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
It’s snowing heavily in Glasgow at the moment, but the winds are coming (Picture: PA)

Parts of northern England and Scotland discovered thick blankets of snow on Friday morning, with the south coast lashed by torrential downpours, lightning and strong winds.

Forecasters warned of disruption to travel and potential power outages throughout Friday as the band of ‘severe’ weather moves in from the east.

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An amber warning of snow in West Yorkshire, the South Pennines and places such as Rochdale and Burnley is in place until 11am and a wider yellow warning for snow has been issued for southern and eastern Scotland, northern England and the Midlands until 3pm.

The heaviest snowfall of 5cm-10cm is expected in parts of northern England and up to 15cm over higher ground.

Across the south-west coast meteorologist Emma Sharples said a ‘squally feature’ moving eastwards was ‘quite active and giving some high rain rates’, with thunder and lightning and gusts of up to 50mph recorded.

Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
People are being urged to avoid going out unless it’s absolutely necessary (Picture: PA)
Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
This Highland cow is built for such weather events (Picture: PA)

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for strong winds expected over parts of south-west England and southern Wales across to Greater London, bringing ‘potent, heavy showers with a chance of hail and thunder’ as the system moves eastwards.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the A39 near Bideford in Devon was partially blocked due to a fallen tree and there was flooding on the A3075 near Newquay in Cornwall.

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Elsewhere snow caused disruption across many roads, with Cumbria Police warning on Twitter that all routes in the south of the county were affected, as well as the M6.

Highways England issued a severe weather warning and urged people to plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.

Pete Williams told the Press Association that the RAC was ‘very, very busy across the UK’ on Friday morning.

Storm Dylan to hit UK with 80mph winds early on Sunday morning
A man walks his dog in the snow by Bowes Castle in County Durham (Picture: PA)

He said the snow around Doncaster, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, and across central and southern Scotland was causing problems, as well as the wind and heavy rain in the south west.

Mr Williams advised drivers within the amber snow warning to ‘really consider whether their journey is entirely necessary’.

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Meanwhile the AA said they had received more than 1,687 breakdown calls before 10am on Friday, with 10 cases of vehicles being stuck in snow.

The AA said that the worst areas on the roads were around Manchester and Cumbria, and that the A6 in Cumbria, the Snake Pass and several roads around Macclesfield were closed.

Flights were also suspended at one of Scotland’s busiest airports as blizzard conditions gripped western parts of the country.

Up to 5cm of snow fell overnight causing Glasgow Airport to temporarily ground flights.

Forecasters predict those conditions will head eastwards before turning into sleet and rain.

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