CAMBS: Motorists warned of high winds as Met Office issues weather warning

Motorists were diverted around Little Walden Road after a tree forced it to be closed.

Motorists were diverted around Little Walden Road after a tree forced it to be closed. - Credit: Archant

Motorists are being warned of high winds as the Met Office issues a yellow warning.

Cambridgeshire police is urging motorists to drive to the conditions as winds of up to 60-70mph will be hitting the county which could result in falling trees and power lines.

A spokesman said: “In the event of power cuts, be aware of elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours.”

A spokesman for First Capital Connect said services between Huntingdon, St Neots and London Kings Cross should run as normal.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of high winds earlier today (Wednesday). A spokesman said: “Westerly gales are expected to spread southwards across northern and central areas of the UK on Thursday, with widespread gusts of 60 to 70mph.

“However within the area of the amber warning gusts are expected to reach 80mph in places and perhaps as high as 90mph in exposed parts of the north and west of Scotland.

“Winds will veer northwesterly and begin to ease during the afternoon, with the strongest winds becoming confined to eastern coastal areas by the evening.

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“The public should be prepared for the potential for significant disruption.”

The Met Office’s chief forecaster added: “Warm air crossing the Atlantic will encounter very cold arctic air which will cause a low pressure system to develop later on Wednesday.

“This low pressure will then deepen rapidly on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, tracking quickly eastwards to the north of Scotland as it does so. “As this system moves eastwards into Scandinavia it will to bring very strong westerly winds to northern and central parts of the UK during Thursday. The winds will then veer northwesterly and will bring much colder arctic air southwards across northern areas before easing into Friday.”