Weather Warning Effective 7th December: Storm Caroline

Storm Caroline has brought a spell of very windy weather, starting at circa 6am this morning and once Storm Caroline departs, snow showers and sub-zero temperatures are expected to hit over the weekend.

Please find below, detail relative to the warnings in place below for your information;

Most regions currently have a “yellow – be aware” warning in place which on the Met Office matrix is a low likelihood/medium impact warning, the regions covered by the yellow warning are; Central Tayside Fife, NI, SW Lothian and Borders, and Strathclyde with the chief forecaster stating;

“The strongest winds will reach the west early on Thursday, extending east through the morning. Winds will start to ease in the west later in the morning and then all parts by late afternoon/evening. Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across large parts Scotland and Northern Ireland during the evening”

Unfortunately Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland are on a higher level warning (amber) which sits at the medium likelihood/medium impact on the matrix – this gives a higher risk of structural damage and disruption, the Met Office report that;

“Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland. Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are expected widely with gusts to 90 mph possible in exposed areas. Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life. Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs. Longer journey times and cancellations are likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur. Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties”

Please note that for local regions the weather warnings are expected to be in place until 6pm on Thursday evening, however more northern regions are expected to experience the stormy conditions right through to circa midnight on Friday 8th December with Orkney and Shetland expected to be worst hit.

Further weather warnings in respect of snow and ice are also in place for the weekend as follows;

Friday – 00.05 until Saturday 6pm

Regions affected are; Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber.

With the Met Office reporting;

During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the UK. 2-5 cm of snow is likely fairly widely, with 10-20 cm in places, mainly northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands. Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight. The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday. Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles

If the weather is adversely affecting you please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on 0131 553 2293. For further weather updates you can visit the Met Office Website.