The storm begins – Midday Wed 12th Feb

The wind is freshening rapidly now with gusts to about 40 mph in Tideswell. Later this afternoon we can expect something like double that strength so some disruption to travel is inevitable and there’s potential for power supply problems. This is the worst windstorm of the winter so far.

There’s heavy rain now with the temperature on 4 deg. Rain looks like continuing for another 2-3 hours then a change to hail, sleet and snow showers as the wind reaches its peak.