More snow falling as Storm Caroline grips UK


Wolves' clash with Sunderland is in doubt as snow warnings across the United Kingdom force late pitch inspections for this weekend.

Snow and ice covering the country may cause unsafe driving conditions and is likely to cause chaos on United Kingdom roads.

Heavy snowfall across parts of the United Kingdom is causing widespread disruption, closing roads and grounding flights.

A statement said: "Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations".

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

The storm has moved in the direction of Scandinavia, drawing cold air from the north sea.

About 8cm of snow fell in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands today.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are set for "significant accumulations" of snow as the disruption promised by Storm Caroline begins.

Warnings of snow, ice and wind have been issued for many parts of the United Kingdom, with forecasters saying road, rail and air travel may be disrupted on Friday.

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Forecasters have warned of up to 20cm of snow for some areas, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and the northwest Midlands.

"During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the United Kingdom", said the Met Office.

The Met Office said icy surfaces are likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

Heaviest snow showers will be confined to northeast Scotland as Saturday draws to a close. "Possible travel delays on roads".

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.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for Thursday with gusts of up to 90mph expected to batter the region through the morning.

"There may also be bridge restrictions, particularly for high-sided vehicles, and we would urge road users to check the latest information on wind thresholds on the Traffic Scotland website to see where this is likely".

Caroline, the third named storm of the year, is also expected to cause power cuts and bring large waves to coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities in northern Scotland.