Met office warns of cold weather and possible snow for London

Snow and ice on its way and disruption warning in place as Storm Caroline batters UK

Snow and ice on its way and disruption warning in place as Storm Caroline batters UK

MET Eireann has issued a wind warning for seven counties this Thursday and has warned of snow in the west and northwest.

Storm Caroline hasn't even arrived yet, but weather forecasters are already predicting that there's going to be a massive dump of snow hot on her heels.

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

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

An North Sea oil rig, off the north-east coast of Scotland, is being partially evacuated over fears extreme waves caused by Caroline could endanger workers.

Although Wednesday will remain mild with daytime temperature reaching around 13 degrees, conditions will dip on Thursday with temperatures of -3 degrees forecast.

There may also be short-term power outages.

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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.

In a yellow warning, the forecaster said: "Gusts of 60-70 miles per hour are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 miles per hour possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles".

"Longer journey times and cancellations are likely as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected". Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

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

Emma said: "The northern edge of that - which Carlisle and north Cumbria is in - will expect to see snow, where the cold air meets the rain".

"During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances", said the Chief Forecaster.

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