March 20, 2018

Nothing sweet in weather forecast as Met Éireann issues Storm Caroline warning

08 December 2017, 01:28 | Rufus Hill

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

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

"There may also be bridge restrictions, particularly for high-sided vehicles, and we would urge road users to check the latest information on wind thresholds on the Traffic Scotland website to see where this is likely".

Met Eireann has issued status yellow weather warnings as the storm looms.

The Met Office said the high winds were expected to damage buildings and cause flying debris, as well as power cuts, severe travel disruption and risky waves.

All schools and nurseries in Lewis, Harris and Uist in the Western Isles are closed to pupils on Thursday as a precaution while 31 primary schools, five secondary schools and 19 nurseries in the Highland Council area and two schools in Aberdeenshire are shut.

Rail passengers faced disruption after a trampoline blew onto the line in East Renfrewshire. Virgin Trains services were also delayed. "Please do not forget to secure garden furniture/trampolines if you live near the railway tracks".

The weather service has upgraded its warning to amber in northern parts of Scotland, instructing residents to be prepared to deal with extreme conditions.

Nearly half of the 159 people working on the Ninian South platform, located 75 miles east of Shetland, have been removed after safety checks on its steel support structure.

There have been snow showers across high ground in Scotland.

The organisation's Chief Forecaster said winds will ease as Thursday progresses, but snow showers will become more frequent and heavier.

Met Éireann has also issued weather warnings for wind, snow, and ice on Friday across Ireland.

Brian Gaze, forecaster for Weather Outlook, said: "Colder easterly air expected from as far away as Siberia means minimum temperatures as low as -16C could be seen this winter in Scotland, with -12C even in sheltered parts of southern England".

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