Met Office warns of heavy snow at the weekend


STORM CAROLINE is set to bring heavy gales, snow, and ice to Ireland in the coming hours as the extreme weather conditions make their way from the United Kingdom to Irish shores.

Nearly half of the workers on a North Sea platform have been relocated amid safety fears over conditions on Thursday.

The Met Office says northern and western parts of the United Kingdom are set to endure another day of "frequent blustery snow and hail showers" and a widespread frost will befall inland areas overnight as we head into the weekend.

The storm is mainly hitting Scotland, and parts of England and Northern Ireland. "Over higher ground, 20cm is possible in a few places".

"Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties".

The previous Atlantic storm, named Brian, hit Ireland in late October, less than a week after what began as Hurricane Ophelia.

It will stay cold, with lingering frost, on Saturday.

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British weather forecasters predicted heavy snow on Sunday and said that cold temperatures are likely to remain well into next week. They can't grit every road, and minor roads could be hazardous.

'Our gritter tracker is online so people can see where our gritters have been out in their areas and our new Traffic Scotland mobile site gives up-to-date information on any incidents on the network'.

The weather forecasting service said there was a risk of possible travel delays due to wintry conditions on Friday and Saturday.

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

During last week's cold snap the coldest temperature was -6C (21F) in Pershore, Worcestershire, on Thursday.

A spokesman for CNR International said: 'CNR International has been carrying out remedial work on the platform's jacket structure and assurance activities are ongoing to confirm their effectiveness.

Meanwhile it emerged yesterday that the cost of repairing roads and bridges in the North of England washed away by 2015's Storm Desmond is already £120million, with 125 homes still uninhabitable.