United Kingdom set for 'significant' snow as Storm Caroline hits

United Kingdom set for 'significant' snow as Storm Caroline hits

Storm Caroline hasn't even arrived yet, but weather forecasters are already predicting that there's going to be a massive dump of snow hot on her heels.

Forecasters said snow showers will continue to affect parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands, with the potential for up to 20cm (8in) of snow as the day progresses.

With cold air in place, a spell of heavy snow looks likely to develop.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said: "The worst of the snow is now across parts of Wales and the west and southern Midlands, while there is some snow falling over the home counties as well".

The Met Office is also warning more potentially disruptive weather could be on its way for southern areas of the country early next week.

Winds of between 60 and 70mph were anticipated in northern Scotland as the storm barrelled in on Thursday morning.

Winds speed are reported to have reached 124mph in Cairngorms.

"Whilst the snow on Saturday will be in the form of showers and many people will not get any, on Sunday we're expecting more widespread snow with around 10 cm in parts of northwest England, the Midlands and Wales, with a chance of 15-20 cm in more exposed isolated areas".

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Storm Caroline has unleashed "devastating" winds of up 116mph that has sparked chaos across the UK.

The Met Office has yellow "be aware" warnings in place.

While the white stuff's arrival was embraced by those seeking to capture picture postcard snowscapes on their cameras, the weather resulted in misery for others - bringing 90mph gales and leaving an Arctic air flow in its wake, which sent temperatures plummeting and shut schools in the Highlands, closed roads and left thousands of homes without power.

Council gritting teams are on standby to cover roads across the country, while train services have been suspended, cancelled or delayed, and ferry services faced disruption.

The first service to run as scheduled on Thursday was not until 7.55am.

"Significant accumulations" in Wales and the West Midlands are also expected, says the Met Office, which has put Wolves' Sky Bet Championship game against Sunderland in doubt, with staff and fan volunteers welcomed in to help clear the stadium of snowfall.

Caroline is the third named storm of the 2017-18 winter season, after Aileen in September and Brian in October.

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