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Derby is in for a frosty few days according to weather forecasters who have issued warnings of snow and ice.
As Storm Caroline is expected to batter the north, the Met Office has issued a weather warning stretching as far as Derby, which is in place from the early hours of Friday morning until 6pm on Saturday.
A Met Office spokesman said: "During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the UK.
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"Between two and five centimetres of snow is likely fairly widely, with 10-20cm in places, mainly northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands. Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.
"Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel."
This is the hour-by-hour guide for Friday in Derby - according to the Met Office.
12am - Sleet and showers
1 am - Heavy snow
2am - Light snow
3am - Light snow
4am - Light snow
5am - Cloudy
6am - Cloudy
7am - Cloudy
8am - Light snow
9am - 3pm Sunny intervals
So here's everything you need to know about Storm Caroline, according to the Liverpool Echo .
Storm Caroline sweeps in due to a deep trough of low pressure
The area of low pressure will become situated to the north-west of the country and deepen as it moves eastwards.
Winds will also strengthen to gales along the south and west coasts bringing persistent rain to many parts of the country.
The Met Office described the cause areas of low and high pressure as: "Areas of high and low pressure are caused by ascending and descending air. As air warms, it ascends leading to low pressure at the surface. As air cools, it descends leading to high pressure at the surface."
In general, low pressure leads to unsettled weather conditions and high pressure leads to settled weather conditions.
Storm Caroline is expected to hit on Friday
The Yellow warning is in place for northern Scotland from Thursday and for the entire western coast of the UK from Friday through to 6pm on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday and are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday.
"The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday.
"Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and for train services. Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces."
Wind speeds could reach up to 70mph
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for winds in much of northern Scotland from 8am on Thursday until 11.55pm.
The warning said: “Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 mph possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles.
“Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.
“Some short term loss of power and other services is possible. It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves.”
It is the third storm to be named in the Met Office's alphabetical system
Storm Caroline will be the third officially named storm of the season after Storm Aileen in September and Storm Brian in October.
Aileen was the first storm of the season, and it is a female name as the gender of the first storm alternates each year and follows Angus in the 2016-17 season.
Surveys conducted after named storms in 2016/17 have shown further increases in awareness and action taken in response to people hearing of a named storm.
Storm Doris for example achieved an 89% awareness score with 94% of those responders finding the severe weather warning useful.
82% of people that took action ahead of Storm Doris felt they were right to do so.