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Parts of Kent could be hit by snow this weekend with Storm Arwen predicted to bring icy conditions, strong winds and downpours across the UK.

It's the first named storm of the season and a yellow warning for snow has now been extended to Kent, around the Tunbridge Wells area.

Weather warnings are in place across the UK. Picture: The Met Office
Weather warnings are in place across the UK. Picture: The Met Office

The Met Office is warning temperatures in the county will drop to around 5 degrees C.

While most areas will see spells of rain, there is a chance of this turning to snow tomorrow morning, leading to some travel disruption.

There is also a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off and that power cuts could affect homes.

Further north, a red weather warning for wind is in place on the north east coast, stretching from Newcastle to Aberdeen.

People have been warned to expect more extreme conditions such as high winds bringing travel disruption, flying debris posing a danger to life, and damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.

Strong winds and snow are expected. Stock picture
Strong winds and snow are expected. Stock picture

There have also been two amber warnings for wind issued, one along the south west coast covering Cornwall and Wales, and another for the north east coast and Scotland.

It means there is likely to be damage to trees and buildings, and injuries to life are likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads.

In Kent, gusts of 40mph-plus are predicted in some coastal areas, such as Folkestone, tomorrow afternoon and evening.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is also urging people to stay safe near the coast, especially near cliffs, seafronts and piers as severe weather could make Kent's coastlines dangerous.

RNLI Water Safety Manager, Ross Macleod said: "This rough weather could make visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

"Sadly, around 150 people accidentally lose their lives around UK and Irish waters each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water.

"Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.

"If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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