Weather warning as western counties to be hit by strong winds

Met Office issues warning over possible snow and ice in Flintshire later this week

Tayside on alert as blizzards and 80mph winds expected to batter Scotland

Met Office forecasters confirmed today that the intense conditions will form under the name Storm Caroline.

Storm Caroline is expected to hit the north of Britain later this week, with forecast winds of up to 80mph (130kph) prompting a severe weather warning for northern Scotland.

Met Office issues warning over possible snow and ice in Flintshire later this week

A yellow snow and ice warning was already in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.

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

Forecasters also expect there to be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths - and have warned of injuries from people slipping and falling over on icy and snowy surfaces.

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The strong winds may affect Scotland's road, rail, air and ferry services, and longer journey times and cancellation of services are possible. "Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening".

"The likelihood of snow will increase in the evening and night as temperatures fall to between -2C and 1C".

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Met Eireann last issued a snow warning for Donegal last month when temperatures plunged to -2C on Thursday, November 23, leading to some snowfall on high ground housing estates in towns like Letterkenny.

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