Storm Doris to hit Britain this week with strong winds and heavy snow

Storm Doris is going to hit the UK on Thursday bringing strong winds and heavy snow across large parts of the country.

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected in the areas in orange on the map above – i.e. the northern Midlands, parts of the North West and East, and northern East Anglia.

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The areas in yellow are likely to see gusts hitting 60mph.

There will also be snow stretching from the Highlands of Scotland, down through to northern England.

Temperatures across most of the country will drop significantly as well as a cold front pushes away the warm air we’ve been experiencing.

Emma Sharples from the Met Office, said: ‘We have named Storm Doris as a result of issuing the amber warning for strong winds.

Strong winds will batter large parts of the UK on Thursday (Picture: Getty)
Strong winds will batter large parts of the UK on Thursday (Picture: Getty)
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Snow up to 8ins deep could hit some higher ground (Picture: North News)

‘Not everywhere will be hit by that same system as it tracks from west to east throughout Thursday.’

Snow could get as dep as eight inches on the northern Pennines and Southern Uplands while lower lying places are looking at a couple of inches.

The Met Office weather warnings page says: ‘Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.

‘Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.

‘A developing area of low pressure is expected to move across the UK on Thursday.

‘The exact timing and track of this system remain uncertain but there is potential for a short-lived core of very strong winds to develop. Whilst some disruption is expected outside of this stronger swathe of winds, the amber area looks most likely to see more significant disruption.’

Southern England is expected to escape the storm with temperatures dropping only slightly but remaining unseasonably high.