Storm Caroline Set to Batter Scotland, Bringing Snow and High Winds to Parts of the UK

December 5, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the UK as Storm Caroline heads toward Britain.

Freezing temperatures and snow have been forecast for the north of the UK this week, with wind gusts expected to reach as high as 80 mph in some parts of Scotland.

Storm Caroline is the third named storm of the season, with Aileen in September and Brian in October.

The Met Office has issued a severe yellow weather warning for wind for most of Scotland on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. until 11.55 p.m.

“Road, rail, air, and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible,” the Yellow weather warning reads.

“Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible. It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts, and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.”

Frequent and heavy snow showers are set to arrive in Scotland on Thursday evening, Dec. 7.

The principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel told “An area of low pressure will move eastwards to the north of Britain during Thursday, deepening as it does so.

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

It said snow up to 10-20 cm was possible over high ground, mainly in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Snow from 2 cm to 5 cm of snow is likely in other areas.

“Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight and during the morning. Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland,” said Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale.

“The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday,” he said.

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