Weather warning issued with snow forecast this weekend

Met Office issues warning over possible snow and ice in Flintshire later this week

Met Office issues warning over possible snow and ice in Flintshire later this week

Given its name by the UK Met Office, Storm Caroline is an Atlantic storm that is expected to pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning, with strong and blustery winds also expected over Ireland later in the week.

A snow warning has been issued for Cumbria.

The Met Office warned that the conditions could disrupt travel.

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

The two previous named storms were Aileen in September and Brian in October.

As you may expect with such a weather warning, temperatures will also drop to a very cold 3C on Friday and lows of just 1C on Saturday.

It added: "Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight".

"The most frequent showers and greatest risk of snow settling, which may cause disruption, will be for areas exposed to a north to northwesterly winds".

The alert is in place from early on Friday morning until 6pm on Saturday and covers much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, north-west and south-west England, the East Midlands and the West Midlands.

The Met Office said snow showers were expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday.

Higher ground is more likely to see some of the white stuff, with 2-5cm possible.

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