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High winds and heavy rain set to batter Manchester AGAIN as Storm Barra arrives, The Manc

High winds and heavy rain set to batter Manchester AGAIN as Storm Barra arrives

A weather warning has been issued for Greater Manchester ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, which is in place from 9am tomorrow.

The weather service is warning of severe winds, with gusts of up to 42mph in Manchester.

The city region is also set to be battered by heavy rain, with downpours forecast between 1pm and 4pm.

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Storm Barra is the second named storm of the season and comes just over a week since Storm Arwen dumped snow right across the north. 

Greater Manchester also had a rough weekend of weather last weekend which saw the floating Earth sculpture at Salford Quays deflated and the Manchester Cathedral Christmas tree knocked askew.

There’s a chance of snow across the north of England and into Scotland, though none is currently forecast in Manchester.

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The Met Office has warned people to expect transport delays and travel disruption.

The weather service has also warned that ‘some short-term loss of power is possible’. 

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. 

Read more: Oldham MP slams ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as thousands in the north are still without power

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“Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. 

“The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”

Deputy chief meteorologist Brent Walker said: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through Tuesday. 

“Two to five cm of snow is expected to accumulate quite widely across the warning area, but locally this could reach ten cm, particularly in parts of the Southern Uplands and Highlands.”

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