Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UK

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
December 16, 2018, 6:13:02 PM EST


Storm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.

Winds have gusted over 70 mph (110 km/h) at Pembrey Sands in southern Wales.

"Leeds and Bradford endured an extended period of freezing rain from the midday to the afternoon hours of Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

(Image via Twitter/@oflahertyb)

The Curaheen River flooding over the banks on Saturday.

(Image via Twitter/@MoorlandsPolice)

Officials asked residents to be careful in the Moorlands because the road surfaces are dangerous. There were numerous reports of collisions and vehicles stuck on ice.

(Image via Twitter/@DGVost)

Police are on the scene where a tree is down outside of Port William.

(Image via Twitter/@JaponicaCottage)

Power outage in Cotswolds, UK left this house in the dark, with the exception of their battery powered Christmas lights.

(Image via Twitter/@LimerickFire)

Officials tweeted not to approach fallen trees because they may hide fallen power lines.


"Freezing rain is rare in the United Kingdom as storms moving in from the Atlantic Ocean typically are accompanied by a push of milder air, and cold air gets scoured out fairly quickly," Pydynowski said.

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"On Saturday, cold air got locked in the deepest valleys as warmer air flowed overhead. That set the stage for the freezing rain event that created dangerous travel," Pydynowski said.

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