Danger to Life: Storm Arwen approaches as UK braces for snow and 75mph winds

The UK is bracing for snow and 75mph winds, which are expected to cause flying debris and power cuts, as the wild Atlantic storm Arwen tracks southwards across the North Sea.

The low pressure system named Storm Arwen is expected to bring with it a period of very strong winds and cold weather to the UK from Friday into Saturday.

The storm, which is forecast to move across the UK from around 9am tomorrow morning, has sparked Met Office warnings which last until Saturday evening. 

An amber warning – meaning lives are in danger – has been issued for much of central and the east coast of Scotland with the north east of England also in the area most at risk.

The warning is in place for northeast Scotland and England, adding to has been added to existing wider yellow warnings that are in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England and Wales, as well as for much of the UK – except the southeast – on Saturday. 

The amber warning will run from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday, with the strongest winds expected in coastal locations, where gusts in excess of 75mph are possible in some places.