Strong winds of 80mph to batter UK this weekend

BBC Weather: UK set for cold and wintry showers

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Dramatic weather changes will be felt from today, as the winds combine with a cold front from the West. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the majority of the country, saying road, rail, air and ferry delays are likely on Saturday. A spokesman said there could be damage to buildings and even power cuts hitting services such as mobile phone coverage.

Parts of northern Scotland will be the first to suffer from very strong winds from noon on Friday. The weather front will then gradually move further south. The Met Office said 50-60mph gusts were widely expected, but on the coast they could reach 70-80mph.

Warning of bridge and road closures, it said: “We could see blizzard conditions on the Highlands.

“As the temperature drops off through Friday night there’s a chance we could see snow falling over higher ground in Wales, the Pennines and a dash across East Anglia.”

Only a small part of the South-east has avoided the yellow weather warning, which will stay in place until 6pm on Saturday.

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