Weather: Snow and ice warning for Northern Ireland

Gale Warning For Irish Coastal Waters Ahead Of Storm Caroline’s Passage

Freezing temperatures are then forecast for parts of Britain on Friday, with a yellow snow and ice warning in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.

The development comes amid reports of Storm Caroline battering northern Scotland today.

"Rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off".

The U.K.'s national weather service, The Met Office, issued Amber National Severe Weather Warnings from Scotland to northern Ireland.

Flights and ferry services have been cancelled while dozens of schools are closed across the north of the country.

A spokeswoman said: "Possible travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel".

A trampoline was blown on the railway line at Patterton in East Renfrewshire, and a gazebo at Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire.

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks said power had been restored to more than 11,500 customers, mainly on the Western Isles and north-west Highlands, but about 4,600 homes, mainly in Caithness, Orkney and Shetland, remain without power.

High winds will affect parts of Scotland, but the storm system - the third of the current winter storm cycle - will also generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland.

Met Éireann said Thursday will be bitterly cold overall, with gusty north to northwest breezes bringing showers over parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by the afternoon. "More broadly across Scotland there will be 60-70mph gusts, but in exposed areas we could see 90mph".

The yellow warning is in place for Cos Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

Later this week, snow and falling temperatures are forecast for parts of Britain.

Thursday evening, snow showers will become increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland.

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