The Met Office has named its first storm of the season as the UK prepares to hit with winds of up to 80 mph.
Hurricane Arwen is set to bring very strong winds and cooler weather Friday through Saturday, with most of Wales covered with a yellow warning.
The forecast service says disruptions to travel and infrastructure are likely in the coming days as warnings remain in force
The warning says: “Gusts will reach widespread to 55 to 65 mph over many coastal areas with most gusts over the coastal parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, south-west England and north-east England, with some areas where Speeds in excess of 65mph are expected.
“During the day the winds will begin to gradually decrease over Scotland and then over northern England.”
An amber warning for wind is also in place over much of northern Scotland.
There are two weather warnings for Wales, one for Friday and one for Saturday.
Includes Friday’s Alert Carmarthenshire,Ceredijian,Convi,denbyshire,flintshire,Gwynedd,Isle of Anglesey,Neath Port Talbot,pambrooksher,povis,Swansea and Wrexham. Saturday’s warning has spread across the country.
Any snow that accompanies the storm is expected to fall only on higher ground or as hail in low-lying areas.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin says: “A deep area of low pressure coming under the North Sea is going to bring very windy conditions.
“With the cool breeze, it might bring some snow. It will come alive in the later part of the week. Will bring less wetter and windy weather but as the low pressure moves through the North Sea, it will bring some very strong winds. .
“Something we haven’t seen so far this autumn. Some very strong winds first from the north and then in almost all areas for some time on Saturday.”
The Welsh name Arwen means ‘great maiden’ and is also the name of a princess of the Elves in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Other Welsh names include list of storms This year there are Gladys and Olwen.
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