Storm Caroline to hit Britain this week, expect high winds and snow

Met Éireann issues weather warning as Storm Caroline bears down on

Met Éireann issues weather warning as Storm Caroline bears down on

Met Office forecasters confirmed today that the intense conditions will form under the name Storm Caroline.

The cold weather front is expected to start over Northern Scotland late on Thursday before moving across other parts of the country and into Northern Ireland, Wales and Western England on Friday.

Ireland is set for strong winds, snow and freezing temperatures in the next 72 hours, according to Met Éireann, which has issued a yellow weather warning.

The Met Office had already issued a severe weather warning for snow and ice on Friday for much of the UK.

Caroline is the fourth major storm to hit the United Kingdom this season following Aileen in September, ex-hurricane Ophelia in October and Brian, also in October.

It applies specifically from just after midnight, going into Friday, and runs from 12.05am to 6pm Saturday.

"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible".

The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to North East Scotland during Saturday.

Higher ground is more likely to see some of the white stuff, with 2-5cm possible.

People in these areas are being warned to beware of icy surfaces after the rain freezes over.

"The likelihood of snow will increase in the evening and night as temperatures fall to between -2C and 1C".

A snow warning has been issued for Cumbria.

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