Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties

07 December, 2017, 02:35 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Met Office issues warning over possible snow and ice in Flintshire later this week

High winds are expected earlier Thursday morning and throughout the day.

Met Éireann have issued a 24-hour status yellow snow and ice warning for the entire country.

Dozens of oil workers have been evacuated from a platform in the North Sea amid fears of huge waves, with energy firm CNR International saying it was taking action as a precaution.

There will be potentially damaging gusts of up to 80mph there, with higher speeds possible across the Northern and Western Isles.

It said: "Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life".

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The Met Office warned that the conditions could disrupt travel.

"Road, rail, air, and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible", the Yellow weather warning reads.

Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said.

The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday.

"Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also", reads the official website.

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A Scottish Government Resilience meeting was held on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation and mitigation solutions.

Winds are forecast to strengthen across parts of Britain on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Caroline.

Ground frost and ice will be a problem on untreated roads on Friday as temperatures drop to as low as minus five degrees in places.

Mr Yousaf said the weather would be "challenging" but added that authorities would do their best to keep the transport network up and running, with plenty of salt available for gritters.

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