Chance to change flights ahead of Storm Caroline disruption

Posted December 07, 2017

The Met Office now has a yellow "be aware" wind warning covering northern Scotland.

These gales are expected to reach speeds upwards of 110 km/h as Storm Caroline continues its northerly journey towards Scotland.

Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry are included in both of the warnings, while Leitrim, Sligo and Clare are included in the second warning.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for the region, which runs from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight.

Weather warnings have been issued as parts of the United Kingdom are braced for winds of up to 90mph, causing potential danger to life, with the arrival of Storm Caroline.

Any passengers booked on flights from Thursday afternoon through to and including Saturday 9th December can choose to change their booking to an alternative flight up to Wednesday next week.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, while a loss of power in some areas is also possible.

"Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties". "Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening".

Gritters and patrols will also be deployed across the trunk road network with up to 8in (20cm) of snow and blizzard conditions forecast for higher routes on Friday and Saturday.

The forecaster continued: "Thursday night will be bitterly cold and windy, with clear spells and wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, most frequent in Ulster, Connacht and in west Munster, but in other areas also".

High winds are expected to affect northern Scotland on Thursday.

"Minimum temperatures will be between -2C and 2C, with frost and icy stretches, especially in places sheltered from the fresh north-westerly wind".