Second snow warning issued for Cumbria as Atlantic storm moves in

Weather alert: snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

"On Thursday, the strength of the wind during the morning peak period is likely to lead to bridge restrictions and closures and we would urge drivers to check ahead", said Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

"A spell of heavy snow is possible over some central parts of the United Kingdom during Sunday", reports the Met Office.

"There will be devastating winds in some parts".

Now a Yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for Sunday by Met Office forecasters.

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.

Many Western Isles schools were closed along with 55 Highland Council schools and nurseries, with at least two also shut on Friday.

Caledonian Sleeper trains suffered major delays after a freight train was hit by metal sheeting blown on to the line near Penrith early yesterday, with passengers arriving in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William four hours or more late.

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A trampoline was blown on the railway line at Patterton in East Renfrewshire, and a gazebo at Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire. The line reopened after the trampoline was removed and services began returning to normal.

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services between Tarbert and Lochranza, Oban and Tiree via Coll and Ullapool and Stornoway have been cancelled for the rest of the day while many other routes are facing disruption.

Emma said: "The northern edge of that - which Carlisle and north Cumbria is in - will expect to see snow, where the cold air meets the rain".

There have been snow showers across high ground in Scotland.

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

A weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for Wales later this week.

The organisation's Chief Forecaster said winds will ease as Thursday progresses, but snow showers will become more frequent and heavier.

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