Storm Caroline will pose 'danger to life' with 90mph gusts

Waves crash over Newhaven lighthouse on the south coast of England during Storm Brian in October
Credit
GLYN KIRK /AFP

Waves crash over Newhaven lighthouse on the south coast of England during Storm Brian in October Credit GLYN KIRK /AFP

Met Éireann said Thursday will be bitterly cold overall, with gusty north to northwest breezes bringing showers over parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by the afternoon. "More broadly across Scotland there will be 60mph-70mph gusts, but in exposed areas we could see 90mph".

Fair Isle, south of Shetland, recorded the highest guts, of 93mph, with 89mph at Sumburgh Airport on the southern tip of Shetland.

A spokesman for the Met Office said about the prospects for the region: "There will be sharp frosts forming during the nights and it will get increasingly cloudy on Sunday with rain and possible snow in the north". "Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs", the Met Office said.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

Snow is expected as Storm Caroline moves away from the United Kingdom later on Thursday and through Friday, allowing winds from the northwest to spread across the United Kingdom, bringing much colder air.

Freezing temperatures are then forecast for parts of Britain on Friday, with a yellow snow and ice warning in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.

Sunny Monday To Be Followed By Rain - Maybe Snow - Later In Week
However, there are two big caveats to keep in mind about the cold air about to invade the East Coast, so don't panic quite yet. The morning of December 4th, 2009 started out cold and rainy but ended with a blanket of snow across the Houston area.

Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

There is also a warning of icy road surfaces, delays in rail or air travel and the interruption of power supplies in some rural areas.

The strong wind alert is valid until 11.55pm on Thursday, with an amber warning for northern Scotland.

By Saturday, the heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will become more confined to northeast Scotland.

The Met Office has warned Britain to brace for a named storm - the third of the season after Aileen and Brian - set to unleash weather chaos on Thursday.

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