Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met Éireann

Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met Éireann

Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met Éireann

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

The Met Office is forecasting a sudden winter barrage and has issued a snow and ice warning for an area extending to Donegal.

Airline customers are being offered the opportunity to adjust their travel plans without charge ahead of the predicted disruption due to Storm Caroline.

"This will develop a cold northerly flow and as a result will drag cold Arctic air in across Britain late Thursday overnight into Friday resulting in a sharp drop in temperatures".

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: "Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F)". Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland.

It is one of three weather warnings now in place around the country. "There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur".

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". 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".

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

Government forecasters expect this month to be hit by easterly winds, which frequently come from as far away as Russian Federation and Siberia to bring Britain's coldest winter weather.

"On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area".

Northern England is also expecting snow on Sunday evening.

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