Storm Caroline has been named and will batter the UK bringing strong winds, snow and ICE

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Storm Caroline, the UK’s third named storm of the season is set to batter the UK through Thursday.

Scotland is expected to see the worst of the winds, where gusts of 90mph or more are possible across the country.

Merseyside is expected less wind speeds than Scotland, however, its still expected to be very gusty across the region, with 50mph winds forecast.

READ MORE: Met Office issues Merseyside two severe weather warnings for SNOW and ICE

The strongest winds on Merseyside are expected to hit during Thursday afternoon, which means large costal waves are possible.

As Storm Caroline moves on it will drag colder air from the arctic over the UK, allowing temperatures to drop.

As the colder air filters down over the country rain could turn to sleet or snow in some areas, hence the warning from the Met Office.

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2-5 cm of snow is likely for some areas, with 10-20 cm possible over high ground and Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and for train services.

There’s a chance of some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces.

READ MORE: Colder polar air set to return to Merseyside by the end of the week

Steve Ramsdale, forecaster at the Met Office also said: “As Storm Caroline moves away from the UK later on Thursday and through Friday it will allow winds from the northwest to spread across the UK bringing much colder air.

“With the return of air from a northwesterly direction – with its origins in the Arctic – snow showers will become increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during Thursday evening.”

“During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances.

“On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area”.

He added: “With the return of air from a northwesterly direction – with its origins in the Arctic – snow showers will become increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during Thursday evening.”

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