Storm Erik hits Oldham bringing strong winds and heavy rain

Hedgehog numbers falling

Hedgehog numbers falling

STORM Erik is causing chaos across the country as it batters the United Kingdom with high winds.

The warning for heavy rain is in place over the western and Highlands areas up until Saturday afternoon.

The south is set to be temporarily hit by a band of wet weather, while snow is expected to fall in higher part of Wales and England's Peak District.

One lane is closed on the Severn Bridge between South Wales and south west England due to the strong winds, and the A548 is closed in both directions around Mostyn, north Wales, because a tree had fallen across the carriageway.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: 'A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning.

Parts of the country could also experience hail and thunder.

Conditions in the north will be brighter, with some rain and gales possible later on.

Storm Erik is here, and it has resulted in rain, gale force winds and a number of weather warnings.

'Elsewhere lots of sunshine on offer, a few showers across parts of England and Wales, but these will be few and far between.

'And then this area of low pressure starts to make its way across Northern Ireland as we head through the afternoon.

'That (hill snow) will clear through Sunday morning, with blustery showers following behind.

The improved weather will be a relief for Britons in various parts of the United Kingdom who suffered the wrath of Storm Erik on Friday and Saturday.

A separate yellow warning running until 3pm on Saturday for northern Scotland predicts heavy rain could lead to flooding.

A yellow weather warning has been issued from 10.30am until 8pm in Portsmouth and the South East.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday has been extended to cover most of the United Kingdom, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.