UK issued with ‘severe weather warnings’ as fears over Storm Jonas grow

Batten down the hatches, everyone - there’s a VERY big storm a-brewing…

Storm Jonas in the USA

by Kayleigh Dray |
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Storm Jonas is set to hit the UK, weather experts have revealed.

The winter storm - which caused deadly blizzards across the East Coast - is forecast to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and hit the UK on Tuesday 26th January.

As a result, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning covering most of Wales, north-west England and west Scotland.

However, while the US was battered with snow and ice, Storm Jonas is predicted to bring torrential rain and very strong winds to Britain.

Cars covered by snow during blizzards caused by Storm Jonas
Cars covered by snow during blizzards caused by Storm Jonas

A MET spokesman told the Press Association: "An active cold front is expected to become slow-moving across Wales, north-west England and south and west Scotland through Tuesday, and into Wednesday, before clearing to the south on Wednesday afternoon.

“Warm air of tropical origins is expected to be entrained into the system, leading to abundant moisture and heavy rain.

"Many parts of the warning area could see 50-100 mm of rain, whilst the most exposed upland parts of north Wales, north-west England and south-west Scotland could see 150-200 mm.

"As such, there is the potential for river flooding, and also standing water on roads. Strong and gusty south-west winds will also develop."

Cars covered by snow during blizzards caused by Storm Jonas

They added that we could see up to 4ins (10cm) of rain in many areas, while in the north-west, south-west Scotland and north Wales could see as much as 8ins (20cm) of rain could fall.

“Please be aware of the risk of flooding and thus the potential for disruption to travel through this period,” they advised.

The Environment Agency have meanwhile said that they will be monitoring the rainfall closely, so that they can issue flood warnings if river levels rise.

Find out about weather warnings in place for your local area, visit the MET Office website now.

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