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Storm Erik leaves SNOW in its wake as temperatures PLUMMET back down

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Deanna Wagner | 10 February, 2019, 15:56

A motorist had a narrow escape after a tree fell on a vehicle in south Belfast as Storm Erik brought dangerously high winds to Northern Ireland yesterday.

The heavy rain will then edge into Wales and the north-east England overnight, and there could even be a chance of snow in high areas in the south overnight.

Scotland faced strong winds on Friday with some disruption to rail and ferry services. While most of the south will be covered by a temporary band of wet weather today, there will be some snow in the higher parts of Wales and the Peak District.

The Met Office said exposed coastlines and hills - including in the East of England - could experience gusts of up to 70mph.

'For Scotland it's generally a cold and clear start to the day.

However, it is thought the storm will largely clear on Sunday with conditions becoming more settled as the week progresses - but there could still be outbreaks of rain.

A British Airways plane has been filmed being forced to abandon its landing as strong winds from Storm Erik batter the UK.

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Later, however, the clouds will move towards Scandinavia with exception of the south.

He also added: "It will be a brighter second-half of the day for Wales, south-west and northern England with a few showers thrown into the mix as well".

And now, it seems as though the effects of Storm Erik are showing.

On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon.

According to the Met Office, the strongest winds are to be expected in southern Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.

A yellow weather warning has been issued Norfolk this weekend, with gusts of up to 55mph potentially hitting parts of the region.

Met Office forecaster John West said: "We are seeing some strong winds, severe gales particularly off the coasts and over higher ground".