Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Storm Caroline warning as United Kingdom braced for 80mph gales within days

Storm Caroline warning as United Kingdom braced for 80mph gales within days

Storm Caroline has become the third named-storm of the season, following Brian back in October.

Storm Caroline is expected to hit the north of Britain later this week, with forecast winds of up to 80mph (130kph) prompting a severe weather warning for northern Scotland.

Met Éireann issued a yellow wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry that will take place from 3am Thursday morning until 8pm that same evening.

Met Éireann has issued a national status yellow warning as Storm Caroline approaches Ireland.

The warning is in force from 00.05am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday and states that snow showers are expected across many parts of the country on Friday.

"The most frequent showers and greatest risk of snow settling, which may cause disruption, will be for areas exposed to a north to northwesterly winds".

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Disruption to travel is likely, with rail and ferry cancellations possible.

Thursday night will have scattered rain, hail and snow showers; the snow could also settle, especially in the north and northwest.

Two to 5 cm of snow is likely in places, with up to 20cm possible over high ground, mainly in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

"Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening". Temperatures will fall to between minus 2 and plus 2 degrees, with frost and icy patches.

"Showers will turn increasingly wintry".

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