Snow And Ice Warning Issued

Strong winds and heavy seas at high tide along the Cumbrian coast near Allonby. The northern part of the UK is bracing itself for Storm Caroline 6 December 2017 STUART WALKER

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

"Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life", the Met Office warned.

Meanwhile, a separate wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry as Storm Caroline approaches Scotland, with the passing storm expected to bring "strong and blustery winds" to western counties here in Ireland as well.

Forecasting snow showers in the United Kingdom can be quite challenging as conditions are often borderline between rain and snow.

'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

Storm Caroline is forecast to arrive in the United Kingdom tomorrow, causing gale winds, snow and freezing temperatures.

Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday, while slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts.




The weather is expected to turn wet and windy on Wednesday, especially across the north and west of the United Kingdom, before the gales hit on Thursday.

Disruption to travel is likely, with rail and ferry cancellations possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

Government forecasters expect this month to be hit by easterly winds, which frequently come from as far away as Russian Federation and Siberia to bring Britain's coldest winter weather.

However, their weather charts show snow is expected in Wales, the West Midlands, and Northern Ireland from around 6am.

Coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray or large waves.

The easterly winds often freeze Britain for a week or more, with ice and snow flurries plus more widespread snow dumps when moist Atlantic fronts hit the cold air.

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