Storm Caroline named As UK prepares for the return of winter

In anticipation of the incoming Wed/Thu system, the Met Office has named Storm Caroline, the 3rd of the season so far. Caroline is a deepening feature driven by a large thermal gradient in the Atlantic.

Here’s Caroline gaining strength out over the Atlantic today.

With this system we’ll get a taste of both ‘very mild’ and indeed ‘very cold’. As your likely well aware by now, the biggest factor with this December low won’t be quite so much the wind, albeit it will be very windy but the dramatic return of winter in it’s wake.

Credit: Netweather.tv

The potentially ‘storm force’ winds are likely Thursday across far northern Scotland under the western flank of the core. 80, maybe 90 mph gusts may impact the North Coast.

Thursday morning shall open very windy and very MILD for the morning rush but by evening rush, it’s MUCH cooler.

Then later Thursday into Friday and extending into Saturday it’s all about low temperature, bitter wind chill, snow and ice.

Credit: Met Office

Credit: Met Office

Credit: Met Office

The GFS suggests a significant snow event for Highland Scotland. Whether the Central Lowlands is impacted much shall remain open to question.

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Then our eyes turn to another feature which slides in Sunday. Exact track is key as to where gets snow. As of this morning’s run, this would be perfect for a significant snow event through the Midlands, N England and southern/central Scotland. Remember the models will shift around and may even loose this altogether. Stay tuned.

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Credit: wxcharts.eu

Credit: wxcharts.eu

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