Snow and ice warning issued for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

08 December, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Waves crash over Newhaven lighthouse on the south coast of England during Storm Brian in October
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Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

The yellow level alert is in place from midnight on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.

The Met Office said the high winds were expected to damage buildings and cause flying debris, as well as power cuts, severe travel disruption and risky waves.

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

An operation to take around 70 oil rig workers off the Ninian Southern platform, operated by CNR International, is under way.

As the storm moves towards Scandinavia, it will pull cold Arctic air down across Ireland, leading to snow showers and a risk of ice.

'At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber'.

Although Wednesday will remain mild with daytime temperature reaching around 13 degrees, conditions will dip on Thursday with temperatures of -3 degrees forecast.


Met Office meteorologist John West said: "Storm Caroline is well on its way across northern parts of the UK".

Severe gales and snow showers have caused travel disruption, school closures and power cuts as Storm Caroline sweeps in to the UK.

A warning for snow and ice has been issued for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Ferry services and trains are cancelled in the north and west of Scotland, while Traffic Scotland warned of disruption on the roads. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

However, before the snow the county is expecting to be hit by the tail end of Storm Caroline.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel".

Snow and falling temperatures are also forecast for parts of Britain later in the week.

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