Winter weather - Storm Caroline on the way

Published on Wednesday 6 December 2017

Storm Caroline is heading this way and is expected to bring very strong winds to much of Scotland, including Angus tomorrow.

Strong winds could be followed by snow.

Between 6am and 6pm on Thurs (7 Dec), the Met Office predicts widespread gusts of 60-70mph and gusts of 80 mph possible over high ground and exposed coastal areas. It is possible that road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected in Scotland, with longer journey times and cancellations a possibility. The Met Office is also warning that the stormy weather could cause short term loss of power and other services. Coastal routes, communities and seafronts are likely to experience sea spray and/or large waves.

As the wind eases, snow showers are forecast to become more frequent across Scotland, including Angus, and other parts of the UK. Widespread snowfall of 2-5cm is predicted on Friday (8 Dec) and into Saturday (9 Dec), with 10-20cm in places. Icy surfaces are also predicted, particularly at night.

During Saturday, the heaviest and most frequent snow showers will be confined to northeast Scotland, with travel delays on roads, as well as cancellations to rail and air travel, a possibility.

Snowfall can vary considerably over short distances and accumulations could vary greatly across Scotland, with strong northwest winds causing snow to drift in places and blizzard conditions possible across northern Scotland. Rural areas could be worst affected.

There’s lots of information and advice on our dedicated Weather Watch page, including weather and travel updates and links to our emergency and partner agencies. Please stay warm, stay safe and be prepared.