Weather warnings issued as storms and sleet set to hit Sheffield

People battle the stormy weather in Sheffield city centre
People battle the stormy weather in Sheffield city centre

Sheffield is set to take a further battering over the weekend as forecasters warn the wet and windy weather is to persist.

The Met Office issued a yellow ‘beware’ weather warning yesterday as a storm swept eastwards across the north of the country.

Today weather experts have issued the same warning ahead of more violent weather, which is said to include strong gusts of up to 65mph.

The warning states: “Gusts of 60 to 70mph still bring the potential for some localised wind damage and disruption and the public should keep up to date with the latest warnings.”

Forecasters expect the city to be hit by further bouts of stormy conditions this afternoon and overnight when gale-force winds and heavy, persistent rain will hammer the city.

The Highways Agency has issued its first amber alert for the new year urging road users to check weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles and other vulnerable vehicles, such as caravans and motorcycles, are urged to avoid using exposed sections of motorways and other routes across the north while the windy conditions continue.

Temperatures today will remain surprisingly mild for the time of year, at around 14C – but are predicted to plummet during the weekend.

The Met Office has issued further yellow weather warnings for snow and ice across areas of Yorkshire tomorrow and Sunday.

A Met Office spokesman said: “The strong winds will continue into Saturday and temperatures will get colder throughout the day.

“There will be wintry showers of sleet and possibly hailstones.”

There are currently no weather warnings issued for Monday.