Devastating winds bring Storm Caroline 'danger' alert

Michele Moreno
December 8, 2017

The weather service has upgraded its warning to amber in northern parts of Scotland, instructing residents to be prepared to deal with extreme conditions.

Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

"A spell of heavy snow is possible over some central parts of the United Kingdom during Sunday", reports the Met Office.

"A cold Arctic flow will develop on the western flank of the low and as a result temperatures will drop sharply below normal with overnight frosts, crisp winter sun and snow showers over the weekend before more widespread rain, starting as snow, moves in Sunday".

The Met Office has extended the warning area again - it now takes in nearly all of the county, with the exception of the very north east corner.

It covers much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of northern and western England.

Between 10 and 20cm of snow can be expected over hills and mountains.

From Friday to Sunday we're being told to expect strong northwesterly winds and snow showers.

Tomorrow the Yellow weather warning for snow and ice is valid from 00.05 on Friday to 18.00 on Saturday.

Caroline, the third named storm of the year, is also expected to cause power cuts and bring large waves to coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities in northern Scotland.

The Met Office said "predominantly colder periods" are expected through the second half of December until after Christmas, with snow in the Midlands and North.

Scotland is due to bear the brunt of Storm Caroline but shortly after 2:00pm on Tuesday, Met Éireann issued the weather warning of wind for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Later this week, snow and falling temperatures are forecast for parts of Britain.

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