Storm Caroline to bring snow and 80mph winds to the UK

Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK.

Today severe gales are hitting parts of the United Kingdom as Storm Caroline arrives - with forecasters warning of a danger to life amid "devastating" gusts in some areas - although Shropshire is likely to miss the worst of this.

"This could lead to road, rail and air travel delays, with the potential for vehicles to become stranded or public transport to be cancelled".

"An Atlantic storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning", read the warning on the official Met Éireann website.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: 'Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F).

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"There will be devastating winds in some parts".

"The greatest impacts are expected to be spray and wave overtopping which could see flooding to low-lying areas and at-risk properties on exposed sections of coastline", said the organisation's duty flood manager Mark McLaughlin.

An amber (second highest) weather warning is in place between 6am and 11.55pm for Highlands and Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland and Grampian, where winds of 60-70mph are expected widely.

The Met Office has extended the warning area again - it now takes in nearly all of the county, with the exception of the very north east corner.

The yellow level alert is in place from midnight on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.

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A trampoline was blown on the railway line at Patterton in East Renfrewshire, and a gazebo at Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire.

A spokesman for the Met Office said about the prospects for the region: "There will be sharp frosts forming during the nights and it will get increasingly cloudy on Sunday with rain and possible snow in the north".

There have been snow showers across high ground in Scotland.

Conditions will start to turn wet and blustery, especially across the north and north west of the United Kingdom, before gales hit on Thursday.

Ireland is set for strong winds, snow and freezing temperatures in the next 72 hours, according to Met Éireann, which has issued a yellow weather warning.

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