Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning

Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning

"However, there is also a yellow wind warning in force for the rest of Scotland and the north of Northern Ireland for Thursday, as gusts up to 60-70mph are expected quite widely there".

'At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber'.

As the storm moves towards Scandinavia, it will pull cold Arctic air down across Ireland, leading to snow showers and a risk of ice.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for the region, which runs from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight.

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. "There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur".

There will be potentially damaging gusts of up to 80mph there, with higher speeds possible across the Northern and Western Isles.

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

Rail passengers have also faced disruption, with trains cancelled after a trampoline blew onto the line in East Renfrewshire and services suspended elsewhere.

The easterly winds often freeze Britain for a week or more, with ice and snow flurries plus more widespread snow dumps when moist Atlantic fronts hit the cold air.

Two to 5 cm of snow is likely in places, with up to 20cm possible over high ground, mainly in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Meanwhile, dozens of workers are being removed from a North Sea platform due to safety fears over weather conditions caused by Storm Caroline.

"During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances", said the Chief Forecaster.

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