Met Éireann issues snow-ice warning for country

Isaac Cain
December 7, 2017

The Met Office said wind gusts of 70mph to 80mph are expected widely in northern Scotland, with gusts of up to 90mph possible in exposed areas, while southern Scotland is likely to see winds of between 60mph and 70mph, with gusts of up to 80mph in exposed areas and on high ground.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Perth and Kinross on Thursday as Storm Caroline hits Scotland.

"Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties".

The status yellow warning is in effect from 4pm Thursday, and remains in place until the same time on Friday. Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland.

"Some of the showers will be heavy, with a risk of thunder".

Frequent and heavy snow showers are set to arrive in Scotland on Thursday evening, December 7.

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Offaly is now covered by a fresh snow-ice warning from Met Éireann.

Freezing temperatures and snow have been forecast for the north of the United Kingdom this week, with wind gusts expected to reach as high as 80 miles per hour in some parts of Scotland.

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today.

The forecaster continued: "Thursday night will be bitterly cold and windy, with clear spells and wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, most frequent in Ulster, Connacht and in west Munster, but in other areas also". Temperatures will fall to between minus 2 and plus 2 degrees, with frost and icy patches.

According to the Met Office warning, "icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight" on Friday.

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