Storm Barra in Manchester: When will it hit, which weather warnings are in place and will it snow?

Just over a week after Storm Arwen hit Manchester, Storm Barra is set to bring much of the same torrid weather.

The second named storm of the winter is set to hit the UK tomorrow, and Manchester is set to be hit hard with two weather warnings in place in the region.

A yellow warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office from 9am tomorrow morning and will be in place until midnight.

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Alongside this, a yellow warning for snow is in place for the region from 11am until midnight.

What are the Met Office saying for the week ahead?

A wet day across Manchester today is set to continue into the night, but overnight the rain should ease.

Tomorrow will start off dry, but the wind and rain will come during the morning.

Across Manchester, you can expect gusts of over 40mph during Tuesday morning and into the evening.

Temperatures will struggle to reach higher than 5°C and it may feel no warmer than 0°C for most of the day.

The rain will ease as Storm Barra passes over the region, but wind gusts of around 30mph will persist long into the night.

The tail end of the storm will still be felt in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with strong winds lingering until midday.

Some light showers will be scattered across Manchester during the afternoon but these should clear by the evening.

Thursday is set to be drier, but with little chance of much sunshine around Manchester and a chilly high of just 6°C.

Friday will be a wet start, with the Met Office forecasting drizzle during the early hours of the morning, the rest of the day looks set to be breezy but dry.

The week’s forecast in full


Cloudy and rather wet during the morning, with rain and hill snow. The risk of some settling snow over the highest ground. Brighter with blustery showers later. A cold day especially given the windy conditions. Maximum temperature 7 °C.


Cloudy overnight with further blustery showers, these easing during the second half of the night with clear spells developing by dawn, a frost developing inland. Minimum temperature -2 °C.


A bright and cold start but clouding over as Storm Barra arrives. Becoming very windy with severe gales in places. Outbreaks of heavy rain, falling as snow over high ground. Maximum temperature 4 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Unsettled and cold on Wednesday with strong winds and showers. Drier briefly on Thursday before more rain arrives for Friday, temperatures close to or slightly below average.

Frank Saunders is a chief meteorologist at the Met Office who said many regions could expect a blustery time.

He said: “Strong winds arriving across the west through Tuesday morning, will spread inland and reach eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening. Gusts of 45-50 mph are expected widely, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas into the overnight period.”