Weather warnings issued ahead of arrival of Storm Gareth

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Storm Gareth is expected to bring severe gales, heavy rain and snow to high routes.

Gusts of 65mph are likely along coastal areas, while wind speeds are predicted to reach 55mph inland.

Storm Gareth is now sweeping across the United Kingdom and heavy snow making driving conditions hazardous across transpennine routes.

Met Éireann has declared Storm Gareth and issued Status Orange and Yellow weather warnings with "damaging gusts" of wind expected this week.

Storm Gareth is the third named storm of the United Kingdom and is expected to last until Friday.

Two yellow warnings have been issued by the Met Office for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland. Officials had planned an 8am check and announced a contingency to postpone Wednesday's card until Saturday, as a forecast for high winds threatened the card.

Predictions of strong winds that could cause travel disruption have been brought forward.

Gusts could even reach 80mph along northern coasts, the Met Office said.

Going into the afternoon, the nation will continue to hit by a wave of strong wind.

Another tweet added northern England is particularly at risk of travel disruption and localised flooding.

Headline: Unsettled through much of this week, with a spell of potentially disruptive winds later tomorrow, Tuesday, into Wednesday, especially in the northwest. The northwest winds will eventually moderate early on Wednesday night, before backing westerly and freshening again overnight.

There are now three separate severe weather warnings put in place for Tuesday, including heavy rain in the North West of England, where flooding is likely.