Tonight, through tomorrow, and into Thursday, Dorset is bracing itself for possibly the biggest storm of the year so far. Rain will then continue to be light and heavy until at least the end of next week. With temperatures rising to record levels for this time of year, snow is being replaced by rain. And lots of it.

Storm Gerrit is expected to unleash powerful winds, heavy rain, and snow across much of the country. The Met Office has issued multiple yellow weather warnings for December 27th and 28th.

Wednesday is anticipated to bear the brunt, especially along the south coast, with strong winds threatening transport disruptions and potential power outages. Wales and parts of central and northwestern England face heavy rainfall that might lead to flooding. Northern Ireland also faces wind and rain, with warnings in place for December 27th from 2 am to 10 am.

A notable absence of warnings covers the central region, as depicted on the Met Office map. Scotland expects yellow rain and snow alerts from 6 am to 9 pm on Wednesday. While snow might touch parts of the Pennines and Southern Uplands, it’s expected to transition to rain swiftly. Meanwhile, heavier snowfall is forecasted for the Scottish mountains and the Shetland Isles, potentially causing blizzards and ice build-up on power lines.

Wind warning zones could experience gusts ranging from 50-60 mph, reaching up to 70 mph in exposed coastal and high ground areas. Wind warnings remain in effect until early Thursday in parts of west Wales and northwest England.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office stated that naming the storm aimed to alert individuals returning from Christmas holidays. He emphasised the extensive warnings issued, highlighting the risk, especially on the busy roads as people head home.

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