Storm waves crashing against a harbour wall

Storm Deirdre

Strong winds and heavy rain spread to many areas, with severe gales in the southwest, resulting in a wind gust of 79 mph at Aberdaron. Although it was a windy day, the most dangerous impacts were from snow and freezing rain. Heavy snow affected central parts of Scotland and northeast England. Widespread freezing rain also caused impacts in northern England and southern Scotland, giving icy conditions on roads.

Pressure analysis chart of Storm Deirdre

Storm Deirdre impacts

Freezing rain caused treacherous conditions and multiple traffic accidents, particularly on the M74 and across southern Scotland, and the A66 across the North Pennines was closed. There were further traffic incidents across parts of England and Wales, reports of fallen trees and several hundred homes without power across parts of Wales and Scotland. Planes had to abort landings at Manchester Airport due to strong crosswinds.

Storm Deirdre maxiumum gusts
Site name Area Max gust (mph)
St. Bees Head Cumbria 76 
Sella Ness Shetland 75
Aberdaron Gwynedd 74
Pembrey Carmarthenshire 71
Inverbervie Aberdeenshire 70
Roches Point Co. Cork (RI) 67
Sherkin Co. Cork (RI) 67
Scilly Cornwall 60
Magilligan Co. Londonderry (NI) 56