Storm Barbara Makes For A Gusty Christmas Eve Departure, In Comes Conor For The Big Day!

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2016/17 with 3 Comments

In the last 24 hours, wind, rain and snow has whipped across the Northern UK and it remains very windy today.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Top gusts from Barbara were recorded as follows. Low level: 83 mph on Shetland this morning, 117 mph on Cairngorm.

Credit: Met Office

The worst of Barbara was thankfully restricted to the open sea where wave heights of 50.5ft were recorded by buoy K5 a couple of hundred miles WNW of Lewis.

Driving conditions weren’t too pretty on my way back down the A9 late last night, especially from Slochd to Drumochter where wind and snow combined to produce poor visibility.

Mark Vogan

Mark Vogan

All in all, it was a fairly run of the mill winter storm and now we have Conor to contend with Christmas day.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Like with Barbara, it looks like the worst of Conor shall be over the Northwest mainland, Western and Northern Isles during particularly the 2nd half of Christmas Day.

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Strongest winds will be between Scotland and Iceland like Barbara and storm centre runs just south of Iceland.

Credit: Sean Batty

Credit: Sean Batty

but while it opens mild, it shall end cold with potential for a White Christmas in parts of Scotland NORTH of the Central Belt.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Look for a blustery Boxing Day with storm-force winds through the Northern Isles once again.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Beyond Boxing Day, the GFS shows strong surface high pressure building over the UK promising a quieter middle and later half of next week.

Credit: chorleyweather.com

Credit: chorleyweather.com

CFSv2 still on board with mid December cold.

Credit: WxBell

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: BBC Weather Watchers (Spoon)

 NEXT POST/VIDEO WILL BE TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER.

I would like to wish you all of very Merry Christmas!

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  1. Chris Grubb says:

    Has* auto correct mistake sorry

  2. Chris Grubb says:

    All the best when it comes Mark! Hope the family have has a great Christmas

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