Storm Caroline to hit Britain TONIGHT with 'flying debris' and 90mph gales

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   STORM ALERT The Met Office has put in place severe weather warnings across the UK for Thursday

The storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning.

Met Eireann have issued a fresh forecast this evening predicting widespread heavy and persistent rain spreading eastwardly over the next few hours and into early tonight.

Travel and power loss disruption is expected and various agencies have issued statements following Storm Caroline.

When the storm eases on Friday, a blast of freezing air from Russian Federation - dubbed the "Beast from the East" - is forecast to send temperatures plummeting to lows of -8C.

"Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs", the Met Office said.

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

Forecasting snow showers in the United Kingdom can be quite challenging as conditions are often borderline between rain and snow.




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

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

Snow and ice warnings are in place there.

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

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: "Much colder easterlies could arrive, meaning a predominantly chilly run-up to Christmas".

"North and northwest counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere".

Brian Gaze, forecaster for Weather Outlook, said: "Colder easterly air expected from as far away as Siberia means minimum temperatures as low as -16C could be seen this winter in Scotland, with -12C even in sheltered parts of southern England".

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