STORM Caroline is set to batter the UK with potentially deadly gusts of up to 90mph, says the Met Office.
And an Arctic blast that will follow could cover large parts of the country with snow, sleet and ice over the weekend and into next week, say forecasters.
The Met Office has put an amber ‘be prepared’ warning in place for the gales today in northern Scotland. Strong winds and wet weather are likely to cause widespread travel disruption, it added.
‘Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life,’ forecasters said.
‘Longer journey times and cancellations are likely as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. There is a good chance that power cuts may also occur.’
Meanwhile, a yellow snow and ice warning is in place tomorrow for Scotland, Northern Ireland, western England and Wales.
Forecaster Steve Ramsdale said up to two inches of snow is likely to fall over those areas into Saturday — rising to four inches on higher ground.
In London, up to two inches of snow is expected on Monday. ‘Icy surfaces are likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight and during the morning,’ Mr Ramsdale added.
Meanwhile, 69 workers were taken off North Sea platform Ninian South, 75 miles east of Shetland, as a ‘precaution’ amid fears of the damage that may be caused by Storm Caroline.
A Christmas market in Aberdeen was also closed over safety concerns.