Storm Caroline updated to amber warning

Winter weather Dec 8th 2017

"During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the United Kingdom", said the Met Office.

In Scotland, 18,000 homes were left without power after Storm Caroline.

'Gusts of 60 to 70mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80mph possible near north-facing mainland coasts and across the isles.

A covering of snow can be expected in some low-level areas, especially for northern and north-western counties where several centimeters is possible.

Highways England advised road users intending to travel through the West Midlands and the North West of England to check the forecast and road conditions before they travel, with the threat of disruption throughout the weekend.

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The storm caused widespread travel disruption in northern Scotland with gusts in excess of 90 miles per hour recorded.

An amber warning means the weather could potentially disrupt plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Some parts of the United Kingdom have already woken up to a blanket of snow today.

Met Office forecasters say a mixture of sleet and snow showers will work their way across the whole of Britain, with the potential for blizzard conditions in Scotland.

"Rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off".

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Met Office predictions don't now show snow for London on Monday as their forecast doesn't quite go that far.

Many parts of Aberdeenshire and Scotland's mountain ranges, including the Cairngorms and Glen Coe, have already seen heavy snow falls in recent weeks.

The Met Office has updated its weather warnings for Storm Caroline on Thursday.

The alert is in force between 4am and 6pm and warns: "A spell of heavy snow is likely over parts of Wales, the Midlands and parts of Northern England on Sunday".

Flights and ferry services were cancelled while dozens of schools were closed across the north of the country.

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