Northern Ireland weather warning extended over weekend

Northern Ireland weather warning extended over weekend

Northern Ireland weather warning extended over weekend

Motorists are being warned of potential disruption, as a band of snow looks set to sweep across Cumbria - with a second warning already issued for the weekend.

Met Office predictions don't now show snow for London on Monday as their forecast doesn't quite go that far.

Storm Caroline is expected to barrel into the United Kingdom overnight after strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean throughout Wednesday.

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

However, their weather charts show snow is expected in Wales, the West Midlands, and Northern Ireland from around 6am.

Northern England is also expecting snow on Sunday evening.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for the region, which runs from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight.

Sunday's weather warning is in force from 04.00 on Sunday until 23:55.

"The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline".

'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

Two more warnings have been issued for Friday and Saturday, when up to eight inches of snow (10-20cm) is expected to fall over higher ground in Scotland.

An North Sea oil rig, off the north-east coast of Scotland, is being partially evacuated over fears extreme waves caused by Caroline could endanger workers.

Friday will also be cold, Met √Čireann said, with sunshine and scattered rain, hail, sleet and snow showers, and temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in gusty northwesterly winds.

"Some rural communities could be cut off and power supplies interrupted".

"During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances", said the Chief Forecaster.

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