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Travel Warning for North Yorkshire as 80mph Winds Forecast

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6:20pm 4th December 2013

Commuters are being warned to leave extra time in the morning as 80 mile an hour winds are forecast for North Yorkshire with the Met Office warning of "significant disruption".

It’s “amber warning” is in place between 2am and 4pm on Thursday but they are expected to ease off during the afternoon.

Drivers of high-sided lorries in particular are advised to avoid open countryside and bridges and follow Highways Agency safety guidance.

Tony Rich from the AA says: “When severe weather is forecast it is best to delay or re-plan your journey." 

“But if have to drive, check the weather and the route you take to make sure it isn’t blocked.  Listen to Minster FM for regular traffic reports."

“It is important to keep your speed down as the faster you are driving; the more likely it is that you might be blown off-course while a collision with a fallen branch or other debris can be fatal.”

“Be aware also that other vehicles can be blown into your path so keep your distance, taking particular care of cyclists.”

East Coast is advising passengers to allow extra time and will be running a revised service tomorrow. Customers can use their tickets to travel on alternative East Coast services at a similar time to their original booked train. Tickets for Thursday 5 December will also be valid for travel on Friday. There will also not be any seat reservations in place.

An East Coast spokesman said: “We are constantly monitoring predicted weather conditions along our route, and the latest information we have is that stormy weather is expected in Scotland and northern England tomorrow."

“Our advice to customers is to please check for the latest information before setting out, and allow extra time to make your journey.”

The Met Office Chief Forecaster has warned:

Warm air crossing the Atlantic will encounter very cold arctic air which will cause a low pressure system to develop later on Wednesday. This low pressure will then deepen rapidly on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, tracking quickly eastwards to the north of Scotland as it does so. 

As this system moves eastwards into Scandinavia it will to bring very strong westerly winds to northern and central parts of the UK during Thursday. The winds will then veer northwesterly and will bring much colder arctic air southwards across northern areas before easing into Friday.

Minster FM will keep you up to date on the weather and will have the latest travel for you every 15 minutes during Griffo in the Morning.

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