Snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

Bill Rogers
December 7, 2017

IRELAND is bracing itself for an icy washout as weather chiefs warn of a thunder-snow cocktail as Storm Caroline blows in.

"Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs", the Met Office said.

Forecasters are expecting the storm - the third named storm of the year - to bring gusts of up to 80mph in northern Scotland.

It will turn windy everywhere on Wednesday, but the strongest winds from Caroline will affect the north of Scotland on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Once Storm Caroline has passed, a yellow snow and ice warning is in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales, on Friday.

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". As the storm moved away from the United Kingdom and towards Scandinavia on Friday it would be followed by cold air.

"Longer journey times and cancellations are likely as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected".

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On Saturday the heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland with strong northwest winds possibly causing drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

The Met Office said "predominantly colder periods" are expected through the second half of December until after Christmas, with snow in the Midlands and North.

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

It's nothing unusual for Scotland for this time of year but Perth is expected to have high winds and possibly snow showers on Friday.

Winds are forecast to strengthen across parts of Britain on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Caroline.

Offaly is now covered by a fresh snow-ice warning from Met √Čireann.

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