Storm Arwen slammed into the British Isles on Friday, bringing shockingly cold weather and winds gusting up to 100mph (160kph) – the equivalent of a category two hurricane. In Antrim, one man died when a tree fell on his car, and another man was killed on foot by a falling tree in Cumbria. The Met Office has issued warnings throughout the weekend.
In Scotland, more than 100,000 people lost power as the storm knocked out power lines.
Travel chaos was widespread on Friday night and Saturday morning, with some 120 lorries stuck in snow on the M62.
And passengers in Aberdeenshire were stuck on a train for 17 hours after it became stranded on the ice-packed line.
The Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind, snow and ice across the UK, warning of danger to life.
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The wind warnings – one issued for the southern half of the UK and one for the north – expire at 6pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday respectively.
Chief Met Office meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “The strong winds will move south across the UK through the day, gradually weakening.
“Warnings are still in force through the day and there has been widespread disruption so check and follow advice from local authorities before you head out.”
He added: “There is a chance of snow in some locations, particularly the higher ground in Scotland and Northern England where we have already seen some accumulations.
“Any snow falling at lower levels is likely to be short-lived.”
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Arwen is expected to descend over northern France late on Saturday, before dissipating.
A new low centre has formed over the Netherlands helping maintain strong winds along east England overnight – leading to the northerly yellow warning – into Sunday before this too weakens.
Temperatures across the UK will feel very cold for the remainder of the weekend, reaching maximums of 0C in parts on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the cleanup attempts after the devastation of Storm Arwen begins.
Gusts of 87mph were recorded at Orlock Head, County Down, while Inverbervie on the north-east coast of Scotland saw speeds of 78mph, and Aberporth in Wales had gusts of up to 77mph.
The man who died when a falling tree hit his car in Northern Ireland was named as the principal of St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera, Francis Lagan.
Police in Cumbria said a man from Lancaster was killed after a tree fell on him in Ambleside on Friday evening.
More than 100,000 homes in Scotland lost power in the storm, with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks saying electricity had been restored to 30,000.
In north-west England, 70,000 homes were without power, and Northern Powergrid reported outages for 55,000 customers in north-east England, mainly in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.