Travel disruption as Storm Caroline brings gales and snow showers

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Storm Caroline is expected to barrel into the United Kingdom overnight after strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean throughout Wednesday.

Forecasting snow showers in the United Kingdom can be quite challenging as conditions are often borderline between rain and snow.

Between 10 and 20cm of snow can be expected over hills and mountains.

During Thursday afternoon, a mixture of sleet and snow showers will work their way across the whole of Britain, with the potential for blizzard conditions in Scotland.

TEMPERATURES plunging as low as -8C by Sunday will mark another dramatic change in Scotland's weather after Storm Caroline battered the north with gusts reaching 93mph.

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.

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

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'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

It follows the UK Met Office naming an Atlantic storm which is set to hit Thursday Storm Caroline.

Caroline, the third named storm of the year, is also expected to cause power cuts and bring large waves to coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities in northern Scotland.

CNR International said it would remove all of the 159 staff on Ninian South, about 240 miles from Aberdeen, from the structure as a precaution.

The weatherman also said there was a risk of travel delays due to wintry conditions on Friday and Saturday.

Later this week, snow and falling temperatures are forecast for parts of Britain.

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