Storm Caroline batters Ireland overnight as Met Eireann warns of icy washout

Randall Craig
December 7, 2017

Two separate weather warnings have been issued as Storm Caroline bears down on Ireland.

Forecasters have warned that Scotland will be battered by gale-force winds and "blizzard conditions" later this week.

Storm Caroline will pose a "danger to life" when it batters northern parts of the United Kingdom on Thursday bringing gusts of up to 90mph, forecasters have warned.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for the region, which runs from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight.

When the storm eases on Friday, a blast of freezing air from Russian Federation - dubbed the "Beast from the East" - is forecast to send temperatures plummeting to lows of -8C.

Today will be the last day of mild conditions before a cold snap forecast to last until Christmas grips the UK.

"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.

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

The Met Office said: "Any snow showers will be most frequent over northern and western parts, and perhaps the east coast, but at times may become more widespread". Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible.

The Met Office said the high winds were expected to damage buildings and cause flying debris, as well as power cuts, severe travel disruption and unsafe waves.

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

Some 7.8in of snow could land on higher ground, with about 2in possible at lower levels.

"On Thursday, the strength of the wind during the morning peak period is likely to lead to bridge restrictions and closures and we would urge drivers to check ahead", said Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

A snow-ice warning has been issued for Ireland for the coming days.

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