Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Snow, ice and journey chaos warning after Storm Caroline

Snow, ice and journey chaos warning after Storm Caroline

A yellow warning of snow and ice covering western parts stretching from Devon and Cornwall in the south to the far north of Scotland is in place until 6pm on Saturday evening.

"However, there is also a yellow wind warning in force for the rest of Scotland and the north of Northern Ireland for Thursday, as gusts up to 60-70mph are expected quite widely there".

The Met Office has warned of flying debris that could lead to injuries or danger to life while damage to property is also possible.

Storm Caroline hasn't even arrived yet, but weather forecasters are already predicting that there's going to be a massive dump of snow hot on her heels.

On Thursday, rail and ferry travel were disrupted and dozens of schools shut in Scotland as Storm Caroline brought winds gusting more than 90mph.

Wet and windy conditions are expected today, with lows of 5C (41F) in the North and 8C (46F) in the South. Temperatures will then drop further still tomorrow with a low of -3C (26F) in the North and -1C (30F) in the South.

Although southern areas may miss out on the worst of the weather, the Met Office has warned temperatures will still plummet to "bitterly cold" levels, dropping as low as -12C (10F) on Sunday morning.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected as cancellations are likely.

The Met Office says up to almost four inches could fall in places within the warning area, with almost eight inches possible in a few places on higher ground.

"The storm will also create significant waves and overtopping is possible in some areas". We urge road users to check available information before they travel.

Strong winds pose the risk of blizzard conditions across northern Scotland on Saturday, where thousands of homes were left without power on Friday.

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

CNR International said a total of 69 of the 159 staff on Ninian South, about 240 miles from Aberdeen, would be leaving the structure as a precaution.

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