Storm Caroline to bring snow and 80mph winds to the UK

Storm Caroline to bring snow and 80mph winds to the UK

Storm Caroline to bring snow and 80mph winds to the UK

"An Atlantic storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning", read the warning on the official Met √Čireann website.

Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected along all coastal areas today ahead of Storm Caroline's passage over the North West and North towards Scotland on Thursday.

The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force from 00:05 GMT on Friday to 18:00 on Saturday.

Met Eireann has issued status yellow weather warnings as the storm looms.

Rail passengers faced disruption after a trampoline blew onto the line in East Renfrewshire. The line reopened after the trampoline was removed and services began returning to normal.

Flood alerts were in force last night for Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

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Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services between Tarbert and Lochranza, Oban and Tiree via Coll and Ullapool and Stornoway have been cancelled for the rest of the day while many other routes are facing disruption.

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

Friday will also be cold, Met √Čireann said, with sunshine and scattered rain, hail, sleet and snow showers, and temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in gusty northwesterly winds.

"Looking into next week, there are further showers - some of which could be snow".

"During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the United Kingdom", said the Met Office.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Northern Ireland, with Storm Caroline expected to brings snow, ice and winds of up to 70mph.

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