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Weather alert as Storm Arwen heads for the UK

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The Met Office has warned that the approaching Storm Arwen could be have a serious impact on the country.

Rare Amber alerts have been issued for the east of Scotland and north east England and almost the whole of the UK - including Leicestershire - will be subject to a Yellow alert on Saturday, when the region is expected to experience gale-force winds.

There will also be a chance that the storm will bring some wintry showers to Leicestershire, with the BBC Weather Centre predicting sleet in Leicester on Saturday and The Weather Channel suggesting sleet and snow, too.

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In the areas subject to the Amber alert, the Met Office has predicted a risk of flying debris, damage to buildings and delays to journeys as winds reach up to 80mph.

It also warned of injuries due to large waves and also the chance of power cuts.

The Met Office's Tom Morgan told the Mirror: "Not everyone will see snow. Over the coming days it will be really cold petty much everywhere, especially after dark.

"But there is a concern and we have issued a weather warning for coastal areas with very strong winds predicted.

"People may want to consider their travel plans and ensure their garden furniture is tied down, because winds could reach 80mph."

Only the very south east corner of the UK is expected to avoid the storm (Image: Met Office)

In Leicestershire, the temperatures are expected to get down to zero tonight, with highs of 7C tomorrow but just 4C on Saturday.

The temperature in this county is unlikely to get above 4C on Sunday and Monday, according to the Met Office.

Things will improve on Tuesday, when the temperature will swing back into double digits - just - with highs of 10C and lows of 7C. The following week will be less variable, with temperatures hovering between 4C at night and 8C in the day.

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