A yellow wind warning is also in place for Sunday with strong gusts expected to move east across the far south of England and Wales in the morning.
SEVERE gales are battering the United Kingdom today as Storm Caroline arrives - with forecasters warning of a danger to life amid "devastating" gusts in some areas which could lead to flying debris.
In the Republic of Ireland, Met Éireann [Irish National Meteorological Service] has also issued weather warnings for wind, snow and ice on Thursday and Friday across Ireland.
The first week of December will end on a stormy and chilly note in Northern Ireland as Storm Caroline hits.
Severe weather warnings for powerful winds, hazardous ice, downpours and heavy snow have been put in place by the Met Office until midnight on Sunday.
"Storm Caroline is now moving northeastwards with the very strong winds now confined to the far northeast of mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles". Gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour are expected widely with gusts to 90 miles per hour possible in exposed areas. 10-20 cm is possible for some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands. Snow showers will remain frequent and heavy through the evening.
Thursday saw train services suspended between Aberdeen and Inverness, Inverness and Wick, Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh as well as some Glasgow Queen Street routes to the west coast.
The Met Office says across the United Kingdom, 2-5 cm (1-2 inches) of snow is likely in the other affected areas, with 10-20 cm possible in some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, and possibly the north-west Midlands.
"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".
The Met Office says northern and western parts of the United Kingdom are set to endure another day of "frequent blustery snow and hail showers" and a widespread frost will befall inland areas overnight as we head into the weekend.
STORM Caroline is set to batter the United Kingdom with potentially deadly gusts of up to 90mph, says the Met Office.
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