Forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the first winter storm is set to hit parts of the UK with 75 mph winds.
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for parts of north-east England and Scotland from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning as a result of storm Arwen.
The forecaster warned that flying debris leading to injury or danger to life is “likely”, with people also asked to expect damage to trees and buildings, cancellations of public transport, road and bridge closures, power outages and big waves.
Graeme Day, the Scottish Transport Minister, urged people traveling to take into account the weather, saying: ‘The whole country is going to see windy conditions, but the Met Office tells us that especially the eastern parts of Scotland will see some severe weather . “
Yellow wind warnings are also in place in most western parts of the UK on Friday, extending to the rest of the country on Saturday.
Gusts are expected to reach 55 mph to 65 mph in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, south-west England and north-east England, with the highest seen in coastal areas.
Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The worst-hit areas will be predominantly on the coasts, with gusts of over 75km / h, causing possible travel disruptions and longer travel times, power outages, flying debris and large waves of beach material. being thrown around.
“There is also a yellow wind warning in place along Britain’s west coast from 9am on Friday, stretching from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and Wales and as far as the south west of England.
“This reflects the impact that storm Arwen will have, with strong winds likely to occur into Saturday, with the warning extended to most parts of the UK.
“The South East and London, although quite windy, are likely to escape the worst gusts of wind and remain relatively calm compared to the rest of the country, which will certainly feel the effects of the storm.”
He said Storm Arwen is moving in from the North Sea and will begin traveling south before it subsides Sunday.
The Met Office names storms based on their potential impact, with storm Arwen declared as a result of the yellow wind warning.
Sir. Dixon added: “As Arwen is causing disruption, there will also be a chance of snow in the coming days, particularly in the higher regions of Scotland and northern England.
“There may also be some snow in the lower part of the north of England, though it is likely to be short-lived and fall in the form of sleet or winter rain.
“It comes amid a drop in temperature, with parts of Scotland and England falling below freezing during the night.”
The RAC has advised motorists to prepare for strong gusts of wind by slowing down and being “very careful” when passing high-sided vehicles or cyclists.
Spokesman Simon Williams said: “Under extreme windy conditions, bridges can also be closed and trees can fall, so it is important to allow extra time for travel.
“With weather forecasts predicting strong winds along with colder conditions, drivers should take this opportunity to prepare their vehicles for the winter by checking oil and coolant levels and ensuring they have adequate good quality washing that protects down to a well below minus 10C, and that they have properly inflated tires with good tread. “
Transport Minister Mr Dey warned drivers of adverse conditions, adding: “There is potential for road disruption, especially on bridges, and people should check the latest information before leaving, drive to the conditions and follow the advice of the Scottish Police. Traffic Scotland- the service provides details of ‘wind-based’ closures for the bridges on the main road network so that people can plan accordingly.
“Motorists should check Traffic Scotland before setting off to make sure their route is accessible. The Traffic Scotland mobile site – my.trafficscotland.org – lets people get the latest information on the go, and the Traffic Scotland Twitter page is updated on a regular basis.
“Conditions are also likely to lead to disruptions to other modes of transport, so we encourage people to take the weather into account if they plan to travel by train, ferry and plane.”
Reporting by PA.