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Storm Doris will bring strong winds and snow

Storm Doris has officially been named and is expected to bring strong winds, rain and some snow to the UK on Thursday.

A deep low pressure system developing in the Atlantic is expected to track across Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland on Thursday; it will bring strong winds of up to 80 mph, heavy rain and some snow at higher levels.

An Amber National Severe Weather Warning has been issued for wind with gusts expected to reach 60-70 mph in northern England and Wales with the chance of some isolated gusts of up to 80mph. Elsewhere across the UK it will still be windy, with widespread gusts of 50-60 mph expected in central England and Wales, a Yellow weather warning is in place for these regions.

As well as heavy rain in central parts of the UK, it is likely there will be snow in the far north of England and for much of Scotland which could fall to low levels in some of these areas. Another Yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for parts of north England and large parts of Scotland. Additionally a Yellow warning for rain has been issued for Northern Ireland over Wednesday night and into Thursday when rainfall totals could reach 20-30 mm.

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‘It was worrying’ – lost family rescued from snowy Pendle Hill

A FAMILY had to be rescued from Pendle Hill after getting lost in bad weather.

Visibility dropped to less than 30 feet as a man and a woman in their 40s and a woman in her 20s were saved by the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) on Sunday.

Pendle Hill lost persons

A police spokesman said they were called at 2pm after the group had been walking for more than three hours and could not find their way back.

The police called the rescue team, which used its Search and Rescue Location app (SARLOC) to help pinpoint where the family were from their mobile phone signal.

Rescuers said they have only used the app in rescues a handful of times.

The group were found near Scout Cairn and were back at ground level by 6.20pm.

No one suffered any injuries. Graham Dalley, deputy RPMRT team leader, said the family had prepared properly and had fallen foul of bad weather.

He said: “Everyone was wearing really good waterproofs and had the right equipment with them.

“The weather turned and snow and fog fell very quickly which led to them getting lost.

“It’s rare people get lost at the top, it’s normally injuries we deal with up there.

“It was worrying for them because they could not find any paths to follow down.

“There is quite a drop on one side of Pendle Hill and it was getting dark.

“They were in good form when they got down from the hill.

“Apart from feeling cold, they did not have any injuries.”

Internet header copyThe RPMRT is made up of volunteers who cover more than 350 square miles through Pendle, Rossendale and parts of Greater Manchester. Members work with the emergency services and are called out through the 999 system.

Mr Dalley said: “The group did nothing wrong in this situation. The best advice would be to wear the right clothing, know where you are at all times and remember where you have come from. In this case, it was best for the group to stay still because we could find them.”