Drivers across the UK are being warned to expect disruption on the roads as two named storms sweep across Britain between Wednesday and Friday.
Storm Dudley will come first, bringing poor weather conditions across the northern half of the UK, with heavy rain and strong winds expected. Meanwhile, Storm Eustice will follow quickly behind, bringing disruption to a greater proportion of the country, with areas of Scotland warned to expect heavy snow and blizzards.
Motoring organisations and National Highways are urging drivers to put off travelling if not necessary, and stressing that motorists should take extra care and allow more time for journeys because of likely disruption.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “The strength of the wind brought about by Storm Dudley will make driving conditions extremely difficult for drivers in the north of the UK, so we urge people to delay their journeys until the storm passes if at all possible.
“Anyone who does set out should stick to major roads if they can, reduce their speed while driving and have a firm grip of the steering wheel at all times but especially when overtaking high-sided vehicles. We also recommend parking away from trees as the storm may well cause some to fall.”
The Met Office has issued both yellow and amber weather warnings for strong winds. Storm Dudley could bring winds of up to 90mph on exposed coasts and hills, while even 70mph is said to be possible inland. The Met Office has said that it isn’t able to pin-point the exact areas that are likely to be worst hit.
Finally, Dennis added: “It’s vital drivers plan ahead and keep tuned to weather forecasts over the next few days to understand where is likely to see the greatest disruption from the weather.”