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    Extreme Winds, Snow Lash UK

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    February 06, 2013, 4:15:28 AM EST

    A potent storm across the northern Atlantic is the culprit behind high winds blasting the United Kingdom. Windy and stormy weather will persist into Tuesday, causing treacherous travel.

    The highest winds have been targeting the northwestern coast of Scotland as well as the higher elevations. A 120-mph gust (193 kph) and sustained winds of 77 mph (123 kph) were recorded on top of Cairngorm Summit at an elevation of around 4,085 feet early Monday morning, according to Mark Vogan.

    Generally, winds of 40-60 mph (64-96 kph) will impact lower elevations and inland areas of Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Many bridges have been closed due to the high winds, according to Traffic Scotland.

    The combination of the howling winds and snow will lead to blizzard conditions for the Scottish Highlands into Tuesday. More than half of a foot of snow (15 cm) will pile up over some areas.


    Massive waves have also been resulting the extreme winds. Buoys showed waves of up to 62.3 feet (~19 meters) off the Western Isles on Monday.

    Meanwhile, gusty winds will be whipped southward across England through Tuesday, while rain and snow mix in around London. Accumulations will be held down because the precipitation will be mixed, but light coatings are possible. Higher elevations of northern England will receive all snow with higher amounts of 3-6 inches (8-15 cm).

    Flight delays may result the windy and wintry weather.

    Motorists are advised to check information with the Highways Agency before traveling for the Tuesday morning rush hour.

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