Storms bringing high winds, snow and ice

Storms bringing high winds, snow and ice

Amid gusts of up to 90mph, flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life, according to the Met Office. There'll be some showers of sleet and snow over Ulster on Sunday - elsewhere it will be cold and bright with severe frost after dark.

Chief Forecaster's assessment adds that "a band of rain, heavy at times, is expected to move eastwards over the UK".

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: 'Wednesday will see the last of the mild days, with temperatures in double figures, between 10 and 12 degrees (50F-54F).

A yellow "be aware" warning is in force for the southern half of Scotland and parts of the north of Northern Ireland between 6am and 6pm as well.

Nearly half of the workers on a North Sea platform have been relocated amid safety fears over conditions on Thursday.

Sunday's weather warning is in force from 04.00 on Sunday until 23:55.

An North Sea oil rig, off the north-east coast of Scotland, is being partially evacuated over fears extreme waves caused by Caroline could endanger workers.

"Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night".

Gritters and patrols will also be deployed across the trunk road network with up to 8in (20cm) of snow and blizzard conditions forecast for higher routes on Friday and Saturday.

Nearly half of the 159 people working on the Ninian South platform, located 75 miles east of Shetland, have been removed after safety checks on its steel support structure.

There may also be short-term power outages.

"During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances", said the Chief Forecaster.

A yellow snow and ice warning is in place for Friday for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.