Met Office warns that rural communities could be cut off by snow

Strong winds and heavy seas at high tide along the Cumbrian coast near Allonby. The northern part of the UK is bracing itself for Storm Caroline 6 December 2017 STUART WALKER

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

The wind warning comes amid fears for the Atlantic storm in two days' time.

Met Office urged that the conditions could disrupt travel.

A status yellow wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry is in place until 11pm tonight.

The second, will be active for all of tomorrow, kicking in at 3am and expiring at 8pm.

Storm Caroline is forecast to arrive in the United Kingdom tomorrow, causing gale winds, snow and freezing temperatures.

Strong winds and heavy seas at high tide along the Cumbrian coast near Allonby. The northern part of the UK is bracing itself for Storm Caroline 6 December 2017 STUART WALKER

The storm is expected to last all day, with a yellow "be aware" warning for wind also in force for the southern half of Scotland and northern parts of Northern Ireland.

"This will develop a cold northerly flow and as a result will drag cold Arctic air in across Britain late Thursday overnight into Friday resulting in a sharp drop in temperatures".

Northern Ireland, Wales and central parts of the UK can expect snow throughout Sunday, according to UK Snow Updates, while London will get some of the white stuff on Monday.

Most parts of Cumbria are expected to see 2-5cm of snow, while locations on higher ground could see as much as 10-20cm of snowfall.

Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: "Much colder easterlies could arrive, meaning a predominantly chilly run-up to Christmas". "These will continue into Thursday night and Friday with some producing accumulations on hills and mountains".

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