Travel disruption as Storm Caroline brings gales and snow showers

Heavy weather Workers on the Forth Bridge put sandbags on a sign to weigh it down ahead of the storm

The Met Office yesterday issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for northern Scotland today as the storm hit.

STORM CAROLINE is set to bring heavy gales, snow, and ice to Ireland in the coming hours as the extreme weather conditions make their way from the United Kingdom to Irish shores.

Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said.

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.

A spokeswoman said: "Possible travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel". Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also.

Another yellow "be aware" warning is also in force for the southern half of Scotland and parts of the north of Northern Ireland.

"A spell of heavy snow is possible over some central parts of the United Kingdom during Sunday", reports the Met Office.

Train services have been suspended between Aberdeen and Inverness, Inverness and Wick, Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh as well some Glasgow Queen Street routes to the west coast. "More broadly across Scotland there will be 60 to 70 miles per hour gusts, but in exposed areas we could see 90 miles per hour".

Some flights in the western isles have been cancelled.

"This will bring gale force and gusty winds along with heavy rain spreading south-east followed by frequent snow showers and blizzards over Scotland".

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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