UK weather: Storm Dennis on the way bringing more gales and heavy rain

The UK is facing more weather misery as Storm Dennis is expected to reach our shores at the weekend.

Named by the Met Office, Storm Dennis is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and strong winds at the weekend, though it is not expected to be as strong as Ciara.

The incoming storm has prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for large parts of England and Wales on Saturday, with the UK facing gales of 50mph and risks of flooding.

A statement said: "Storm Dennis is expected to bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves."

Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, added: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely.

"Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm."

The effects of Storm Ciara are still being felt, however, meaning many will get little relief from the miserable weather.

On Tuesday, heavy snow fell in parts of the UK, with flights, ferries and trains still facing disruption.

A yellow snow and ice weather warning remains in place for Northern Ireland and Scotland into Wednesday, threatening communities with more disruption.

Forecasters believe some areas could see blizzards with up to 20cm of snow.

Across England, 70 flood warnings remained in place on Tuesday morning and more than 800 homes were still without power.

In Scotland, authorities have closed the Queensferry Crossing over the River Forth, meaning drivers have to make a detour of more than an hour around the stretch of water. There are worries that ice and snow could fall from the cables and towers.

In an attempt to offer relief to those affected by the weather conditions, the government has activated an emergency aid package called the Bellwin Scheme, which allows local authorities apply to have their storm-related costs reimbursed.

It includes reimbursement for rest centres, temporary accommodation and even staff overtime.