Northern Ireland weather warning extended over weekend

08 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • In October Storm Ophelia battered Ireland. Now Storm Caroline is expected to bring snow low temperatures and gales to western Scotland

Super-sized waves with a 33ft swell - bigger than a double decker bus - have formed off the coast of Scotland as Storm Caroline gathers strength in the Atlantic.

Snow and ice warnings are in place there.

The Met Office said the high winds were expected to damage buildings and cause flying debris, as well as power cuts, severe travel disruption and risky waves.

Forecasting snow showers in the United Kingdom can be quite challenging as conditions are often borderline between rain and snow.

The storm is expected to last all day, with a yellow "be aware" warning for wind also in force for the southern half of Scotland and northern parts of Northern Ireland.

Northern England is also expecting snow on Sunday evening.

Between 10 and 20cm of snow can be expected over hills and mountains.




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

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.

'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

A weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for Wales later this week.

Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK.

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".

Brian Gaze, forecaster for Weather Outlook, said: "Colder easterly air expected from as far away as Siberia means minimum temperatures as low as -16C could be seen this winter in Scotland, with -12C even in sheltered parts of southern England".

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