Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Storm Caroline to bring snow and 80mph winds to the UK

Storm Caroline is expected to bring choppy conditions to the North Sea Image Caroline is expected to bring large waves to seafronts
Patty Aguilar | 05 December, 2017, 23:59

If you live in the west of the country, Met √Čireann are encouraging you to exercise caution ahead of an Atlantic storm dubbed Storm Caroline by the UK Met Office.

Warning of Storm Caroline, the Met Office's chief forecaster said: "The strongest winds will reach the northwest early on Thursday, extending to the north-east and Northern Isles in the afternoon".

The Met Office now has a yellow "be aware" wind warning covering northern Scotland.

It said that a "weather warning for snow and ice" has been issued from Thursday night.

Caroline is the fourth major storm to hit the United Kingdom this season following Aileen in September, ex-hurricane Ophelia in October and Brian, also in October.

It will be in force from Friday morning until Saturday at 6pm.

Thursday Afternoon Weather
Image Thursday afternoon weather

The strong winds may affect Scotland's road, rail, air and ferry services, and longer journey times and cancellation of services are possible.

It added: "Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight".

Snowfall is expected to be of around two to five centimetres but over high ground it could be as much as 20 centimetres. Some of the showers will bring heavy hail, with an increasing risk of sleet and snow towards evening.

People in these areas are being warned to beware of icy surfaces after the rain freezes over.

"On Friday and Saturday, snow showers could lead to accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area".

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