Snow and ice warning as Storm Caroline set to batter Britain with severe weather and 80mph winds
Snow and ice warnings have been issued for the UK as Storm Caroline heads towards Britain - bringing plummeting temperatures and gales of up to 80mph.
The storm - which has only been named by the Met Office this morning - as it is set to bring rain and wind overnight on Wednesday.
High winds are expected in the north of Britain and Scotland on Thursday, with the Met Office predicting extremely windy weather throughout the entire day.
Towards the end of the week temperatures are set to plummet thanks to an Arctic freeze blown over from Russia and Siberia, bringing sleet, downpours, snow and ice to large parts of the UK.
The Met Office issued yellow warnings for snow and ice for most parts of most of the country on Friday and Saturday.
The warning said: "Snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday and are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday.
"Between 2-5 cm of snow is likely for some, with 10-20 cm possible over high ground, mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
"Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight. Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland. The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively."
The warning is in place between midnight on Friday and 6pm on Saturday.
As the polar wind p lunges down the country on Friday, temperatures in northern Britain will resemble a teeth-chattering -16C.
The Met Office said: "Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 mph possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles.
"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.
"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves."
A Chief Forecaster added: "The strongest winds will reach the northw est early on Thursday, extending to the Northeast and Northern Isles in the afternoon.
"Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening.
"Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening."Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
The worst of the conditions will be felt on higher ground in northern England and Scotland, according to The Weather Channel .
The penetrating wind will rip through the spine of the country,
The wind chill factor will even cause temperatures in the south and south-east of England to feel like a raw -5C as bitter blasts batter Britain.
Sno w is predicted over Scotland, Wales and parts of the Midlands during Friday.
There could also be a dusting of snow at lower levels in the south.
Further yellow weather warning for snow and ice have been issued for Friday and Saturday across the north and west of the UK.
Some places will feel around 9C colder compared to Thursday.
And it could be several days before values start to inch upwards as the country is held in a vice-like icy grip, forecasters say.
Forecaster Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said a "cold Arctic plunge" will take hold later on Friday
She added that there will be a "sharp drop in temperatures" across Britain - and it will feel "much colder in the wind".
The polar snap is set to continue until the latter stages of the month, bringing a mixture of colder, drier periods with occasional mild and wet interludes.Source: Google News