Forecasters warned of a danger to life on Thursday as Storm Caroline is predicted to bring gusts of up to 90mph as it hits Scotland.
The Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” weather warning as train and ferry services have been suspended in parts of Scotland and schools and nurseries in the Western Isles are closed.
Scottish police have warned people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
The Met has also issued a snow and ice warning saying by Friday snow showers will become “increasingly frequent” and will extend beyond Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England to “many other northern and western parts of the UK”.
The heaviest and most frequent snow showers, it said, will be confined in northeast Scotland on Saturday.
A Yellow severe weather warning for #snow has been updated: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/4UPsVtC2Kl
The #wind is picking up across northern Scotland as #StormCaroline moves in. Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/Uxq9sY7THF
UPDATE: Storm Caroline: Severe gales strengthen across Scotland amid school closureshttps://t.co/84LxybnGAj pic.twitter.com/fg0bNE0KqJ
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “The strongest winds will reach the northwest of Scotland early on Thursday, extending to northeast Scotland and the Northern Isles in the afternoon.
“During Thursday winds will start to ease in the west with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening.”
The strong wind warning is valid from 6am until 11.55pm on Thursday, with an amber warning for northern Scotland.
#StormCaroline will bring a spell heavy rain and damaging winds with the greatest impacts likely for Scotland and the far north of Northern Ireland on Thursday #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/6hAYRYVcU8
December 6, 2017
Good morning, Storm Caroline will bring storm force winds across Scotland, combined with frequent snow showers. Mild, wet and windy across England and Wales at first, turning brighter and colder later. https://t.co/buNIH9sWMC ^Patrick pic.twitter.com/0PMpDrKjvg
December 7, 2017
We’ve issued more Flood Alerts and Warnings for the impacts of #StormCaroline – the most up-to-date information is always available at https://t.co/x0aX3QUNFG pic.twitter.com/8fJZH3iGlg — SEPA (@ScottishEPA) December 6, 2017
Very high winds are expected today, disruption is affecting sailings. Be #WinterReady and check your sailing status before you travel: https://t.co/SB4ZDu0Tim Remember to follow @CalMac_Updates on Twitter and allow for additional travel time to and from our ports. — CalMac Ferries (@CalMacFerries) December 7, 2017
A yellow “be aware” warning is in force for the southern half of Scotland and parts of the north of Northern Ireland between 6am and 6pm as well.
The Met Office said gusts of 70mph …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec