Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met √Čireann

Blizzard-like conditions set to hit Shropshire on Friday

A weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland for snow and ice.

Forecasters have warned that Scotland will be battered by gale-force winds and "blizzard conditions" later this week.

They have also added a yellow weather warning for the southern half of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland between 6am and 6pm tomorrow.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for the region, which runs from 8am on Thursday until just before midnight. As the storm moved away from the United Kingdom and towards Scandinavia on Friday it would be followed by cold air.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: "Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night".

The biting cold snap set to grip Britain is likely to continue into next week with more sleet and snow showers predicted and temperatures struggling to climb above freezing.

Met √Čireann 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.

Disruption to travel is likely, with rail and ferry cancellations possible. Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible.

Some 7.8in of snow could land on higher ground, with about 2in possible at lower levels.

"Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties".

Government forecasters expect this month to be hit by easterly winds, which frequently come from as far away as Russian Federation and Siberia to bring Britain's coldest winter weather.

It said that a "weather warning for snow and ice" has been issued from Thursday night.

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