Storm Caroline heads for Britain

Londoners Battle Against Wild Weather

The Met Office had already issued a severe weather warning for snow and ice on Friday for much of the UK.

Freezing temperatures and snow have been forecast for the north of the United Kingdom this week, with wind gusts expected to reach as high as 80 miles per hour in some parts of Scotland.

The forecasters have issued a Status Yellow weather warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare and Kerry which comes into effect at 3am on Thursday morning.

The weather is expected to turn wet and windy on Wednesday, especially across the north and west of the United Kingdom, before the gales hit on Thursday.

The yellow warning will be in place in Northern Ireland from midnight on Friday December 8 until 6pm December 9.

Some 7.8in of snow could land on higher ground, with about 2in possible at lower levels.

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Coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray or large waves.

STORM Caroline is set to smash into Britain overnight sparking fears of "flying debris" as 90mph gales and snow storms are predicted to batter the UK. "The showers will also turn increasingly wintry later in the afternoon and evening, with snow accumulations possible", they added.

Showers could affect all regions and at times more persistent periods of rain, sleet and snow are possible.

The easterly winds often freeze Britain for a week or more, with ice and snow flurries plus more widespread snow dumps when moist Atlantic fronts hit the cold air. "Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces".

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: 'Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F).

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