Snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

Weather alert: snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

Nothing sweet in weather forecast as Met Éireann issues Storm Caroline warning

"The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline".

Snow showers will affect northern Scotland later on Thursday, with the risk extending across more of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England on Friday.

"With cold air in place, a spell of snow looks likely to develop on its northern edge".

Yellow "be aware" alerts have been put on place from 8am on Thursday until 6pm on Saturday with severe weather expected to cause widespread transport disruption.

Chief Forecaster's assessment adds that "a band of rain, heavy at times, is expected to move eastwards over the UK".

'At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber'.

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

A warning for snow and ice has been issued for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

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In a yellow warning, the forecaster said: "Gusts of 60-70 miles per hour are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 miles per hour possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles".

Loss of power will be another concern, along with large waves at the coast.

"Rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off".

An Arctic blast is expected to hit Kent.

As Caroline clears, the winds will swing round to the north, bringing colder air and the return to more wintry conditions.

A spokesman for the Met Office said about the prospects for the region: "There will be sharp frosts forming during the nights and it will get increasingly cloudy on Sunday with rain and possible snow in the north".

"During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances", said the Chief Forecaster.

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