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

Devastating winds bring Storm Caroline 'danger' alert

The Met Office warns there may be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths and warns of possible injuries as a result of slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces.

Met √Čireann said Thursday will be bitterly cold overall, with gusty north to northwest breezes bringing showers over parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by the afternoon. "More broadly across Scotland there will be 60 to 70 miles per hour gusts, but in exposed areas we could see 90 miles per hour".

Fair Isle, south of Shetland, recorded the highest guts, of 93mph, with 89mph at Sumburgh Airport on the southern tip of Shetland.

Flights and ferry services have been cancelled while dozens of schools are closed across the north of the country.

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: "With stormy weather expected across the north of Scotland we would urge people to check with their operators before they travel, especially if they are planning a ferry journey".

Flying debris could be an issue and damage to buildings, such as tiles blowing off roofs, is possible.

Devastating winds bring Storm Caroline 'danger' alert

There may also be short-term power outages.

Flood alerts are also in place for northern parts of Scotland, with strong tidal surges and heavy showers predicted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The cold front moves in today and forecasters are predicting strong winds of up to 110km/h in some places, as well as up to 3cm of snow.

A yellow snow and ice warning is in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.

The strong wind warning is valid from 6am until 11.55pm on Thursday, with an amber warning for northern Scotland.

Gritters and patrols will also be deployed across the trunk road network with up to 8in (20cm) of snow and blizzard conditions forecast for higher routes on Friday and Saturday.




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