Everything you need to know about Storm Caroline hitting Merseyside

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The Met Office has named the third storm of the season as strong winds are expected across the country this week, here’s everything you need to know.

Why ?

Storm Caroline has been named because an amber warning has been issued for Scotland and there is a risk of very high winds.

The high winds will be the result of an approaching area of low pressure that will hit the UK.

When ?

The storm is forecast to hit the UK through Thursday, with northern Scotland expected to see the worst of the winds.

The far north of Scotland has been placed on an amber weather warning as gusts of 90 mph are possible, this could lead to power disruption across the area.

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What to expect on Merseyside ?

Merseyside is not on a severe weather warning, as storm Caroline is expected across the far north of the country.

However, although winds wont be as strong, Merseyside could see gusts of 50mph, especially at coastal locations.

This will lead to a very windy day and the risk of large coastal waves, winds will eventually die down by the evening.

Will Storm Caroline bring snow ?

Storm Caroline is expected to drag in colder air from the Arctic as it passes, which WILL bring a risk of snow to parts of the UK and Merseyside.

The Met Office have placed Merseyside on a severe weather warning for snow and ICE, as any rain could turn to snow in the freezing temperatures during Saturday.

Daytime temperatures will drop as low as just 2C and due to strong winds, the weather will feel closer to a bitterly cold -4C.

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What do the Met Office say ?

The forecast reads: Cloudy and mild at first on Thursday, but quickly turning brighter but much colder with a spell of northwesterly gales.

This will bring scattered wintry showers through the afternoon.

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.”

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“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”.

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