Storm Caroline: Scotland wakes to snow as storm leaves winter chill

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Parts of Scotland woke to a blanketing of snow this morning as forecasters warned up to 20cm could fall in some places.

Storm Caroline, which brought more than 90mph gales to parts of northern Scotland, left an Arctic air flow in its wake, with temperatures plunging across Britain.

A snowplough on the A9 near Inverness where blizzards have been blown by 90mph winds. Picture: Peter Jolly

A snowplough on the A9 near Inverness where blizzards have been blown by 90mph winds. Picture: Peter Jolly

About 8cm of snow had already fallen in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands by dawn. Parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and areas to the west of the Pennines had also seen a covering.

Hundreds of homes in the Shetland, Orkney and Caithness areas are still without power.

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks stood down repair teams for safety reasons overnight.

All schools in Orkney and Shetland were closed today, along with dozens in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

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About 50 were closed across Aberdeenshire, with other pupils in the area having their school transport cancelled due to problems with snow and ice.

The majority of Highland closures were in Caithness and Sutherland.

There were also schools closed in Easter Ross, Wester Ross, Lochalsh, the Black Isle and Strathnairn.

Forecasters said snow showers were likely to become more widespread throughout the day.

A yellow weather warning was in place for ice and snow across much of Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist John West said: “We saw a fairly consistent stream of snow showers overnight and there will be a constant feed ... into Friday.

“We could see some fairly significant accumulations. Broadly speaking we’re looking at 2cm to 5cm, but in more exposed areas we could see 10cm to 20cm.

“It will also be bitterly cold, with highs of 2C or 3C outside those snow showers. But the wind chill is going to make it feel sub zero.”

Cold temperatures are likely to remain well into next week, with forecasters also warning that Sunday could see further heavy snow showers.

The wintry weather comes after Storm Caroline left thousands of homes in Scotland without power yesterday.

Many train services were suspended, cancelled or delayed as a result of the weather conditions, while ferry services faced disruption.

Some flights in the Western Isles were also cancelled.

Very strong winds are expected to continue today, with gusts of 70mph to 80mph at times, especially over Shetland.

A number of schools will remain shut in the Highlands, having closed when the storm first brought high winds on Thursday.

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