Snow warning as Storm Caroline is now expected to strike Nottingham

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Nottingham is in for a visit from Storm Caroline, according to weather forecasters who have extended warnings of wind, snow and ice.

While Storm Caroline was initially expected to batter the north, the Met Office has now issued a weather warning stretching as far as Nottingham and Mansfield, which is in place from the early hours of Friday morning until early Saturday evening.

There is a yellow weather warning in place for strong winds throughout Friday.

And then on Saturday, up until 6pm, there is another yellow weather warning for snow and ice - with 2cm to 5cm likely.

The area covered by the new warning is shown below.

The area covered by the weather warning

The area covered by the weather warning

Met Office forecasters said: "Between two and five centimetres of snow is likely in places over the warning ares, 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.

"Some roads and railways are 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."

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.

The next ones to come are Dylan and Eleanor.