Danger to life warning as storm Deirdre prepares to smash into UK on Friday

Forecasters predict Britain’s fourth storm of the year could hit on Friday – bringing 80mph winds and putting lives in danger.

The has issued a yellow severe weather warning for wind in the north of England and between 3am on Friday and 12am on Saturday.

Experts have predicted potential power cuts, falling debris and large waves in coastal areas.

According to forecasters, the strong wind warning could be enough to prompt the fourth named storm of the year, which they will call Storm Deirdre.

It is thought there could also be heavy rainfall across parts of the Highlands and western Scotland on Friday,

It comes in a week the country has already been hit with ice, rain and snowfall.

In a statement, The Met Office warned of a ‘very windy Friday’.

The statement read: ‘Friday is looking very windy but keep your eye on the latest forecast, as we will be able to pin down the detail (i.e. the timing and location of the strongest winds) nearer the time; meaning the warning may change slightly over the coming days’, they said.

Forecasters believe the winds will affect road, rail, air and ferry services – resulting in longer journey times and cancellations

The Met Office also believes some roads and bridges may close.

Snowfall has been predicted in the Peak District, the Pennines and the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District tomorrow night and into Wednesday.

Wet weather is expected tomorrow, bringing sleet and wet snow in some areas.

It is thought mild temperatures will accompany the rain but cold weather that has hit some areas this week could persist.

Last night temperatures dipped to -6C in Scotland, and are to -8C in the Highlands tonight.

The Cairngorms and Southern Uplands in Scotland could also see 8in of snow tonight.