More weather warnings issued for Borders as Storm Dennis expected to unleash further high winds and heavy rain on region

No respite from wintry weather is in sight for the Borders until next week.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 11:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 12:14 pm
A snowplough at Carter Bar this morning.

Storm Ciara – responsible for flooding across the region on Sunday, causing a building to collapse in Hawick, and heavy snowfalls rendering many roads here treacherous or impassable yesterday, February 11 – is about to be followed in quick succession by another storm, named Dennis.

Tomorrow and Friday, February 13 and 14, will see further heavy rain, strong winds and snow ahead of Storm Dennis bringing yet more wet and windy weather this weekend, though it is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara last weekend.

That coming storm will develop in the North Atlantic before heading east towards the UK, reaching the north of Scotland on Saturday, February 15.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday.

“Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely.

“Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“With further warnings possible over the next few days, people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media.”

Over the weekend, gusts of wind will widely exceed 50mph nationwide, even in some inland areas, with gusts of over 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations.

Heavy rain is also expected, and with ground already saturated, there is a risk of further flooding over the weekend.

Further Met Office yellow weather warnings have been issued for the Borders today for snow from 2am to 11am tomorrow, rain from 9am to 5pm on Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday and high winds from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and from noon on Sunday, February 16, until noon the day after.

Further weather warnings are expected to follow.

For more information, go to www.metoffice.gov.uk

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