Weather warning issued as Storm Caroline approaches

Waves crash over Newhaven lighthouse on the south coast of England during Storm Brian in October
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GLYN KIRK /AFP

Waves crash over Newhaven lighthouse on the south coast of England during Storm Brian in October Credit GLYN KIRK /AFP

Storm Caroline, named by the UK Met Office, is due to pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning.

The counties now covered by the warning are Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry, but that may be broadened as the weather system nears our coast.

The warning is in place for much of Thursday 7 December, with Scotland expecting to face the brunt of Caroline.

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It applies specifically from just after midnight, going into Friday, and runs from 12.05am to 6pm Saturday.

Varying amounts of snow are possible during frequent wintry showers with up to eight inches (20cms) predicted for higher ground.

Scotland is expected to be hit by severe winds.

"Road, rail, air, and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible", the Yellow weather warning reads.

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"The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday", he said.

Thursday night will have scattered rain, hail and snow showers; the snow could also settle, especially in the north and northwest. "Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces".

"On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area".

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