Met Office weather warning: Storm Bella sparks 'threat to life' amber alert across Britain

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The Met Office has issued yellow ice warnings for parts of the UK today on Christmas Eve (December 24). The Met Office has also issued a rare amber warning for wind this weekend in light of Storm Bella, in addition to several rain warnings. 

Today an ice warning has been issued for a part of eastern Scotland between 6pm today and 10am on Friday, December 25.

Another yellow ice warning has been issued for parts of northern, eastern and central England between 11pm today and 10am on Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday there are multiple warnings for rain and wind across the UK. 

An amber wind warning covers a strech of southern England and Wales from 10pm on Saturday, December 26 until 9am on Sunday, December 27.

READ MORE: Christmas Day weather forecast: Will there be a white Christmas?

The weather is forecast to change from Saturday, with Storm Bella now officially named by the Met Office.

Christmas Day is forecast to be a relatively calm and cold day in the UK. 

A ridge of higher pressure will keep conditions more settled, but some showers will affect eastern England early in the day with a possibility of some snow technically making it a white Christmas, but the snow is not expected to settle.

The Met Office’s latest report adds: “Additionally, showers moving into Scotland could fall as snow over 300m in the Grampians.”

However from Boxing Day conditions will become increasing unsettled, with the addition of strong winds and heavy rain. 

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Tony Wardle, said: “Conditions will turn very unsettled after Christmas day, with a large area of low pressure sweeping across the UK from Boxing Day.

“Very strong winds will impact much of England and Wales, with particularly strong gusts on south west facing coasts.

“Heavy rain will also move in from the north, with heavy downpours through the afternoon in Scotland and Northern Ireland moving south across England and Wales overnight.

“This will be a notable change from the calmer conditions over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so take extra care and stay up to date with the latest forecast.”

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