Storm Aileen is now officially the first named British storm of the 2017 season. Much colder than average air will arrive once Aileen has passed tomorrow, that will be felt across much of the UK in terms of much fresher “Autumn” feeling air, however across Scotland on the hills and mountains, especially above 1750ft in elevation, which encompassed many of the ski destinations, some early snow is also possible.
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Storm Aileen is already increasing wind strength in the south west with coastal gales tonight, severe gales will spread across Wales, eastern Ireland and much of southern England overnight with wind gusts widely over 50mph, in fact strong winds will extend north into the early hours, a very noisy night for most with winds gusting up to 65mph in places. The winds will peak across eastern counties of England, East Anglia etc by around 7am with gusts potentially up to 70mph.
A surge of Arctic sourced air could lead to the first sleet and snowfall of the season above 2,000ft of elevation, significant falls are possible on the tops of the Nevis and Cairngorm range.
Heavy rain will also be an issue with Aileen, 5-15mm will fall generally across England and Wales, however across parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and the far North of England, up to 50mm could fall in isolated areas tomorrow morning.