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North coast to bear brunt as Storm Caroline brings wind and snow

By Angela Rainey

Three weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office as Storm Caroline prepares to batter Northern Ireland.

Heavy rain, blustery winds and freezing temperatures bringing snowfall are expected over the next few days.

Power cuts are predicted, as are delays and disruptions to local transport services and flights.

A yellow warning of wind is in force today, as Storm Caroline is expected to strike the north coast, with gusts of up to 70mph predicted. Coastal towns such as Portrush, Castlerock and Ballintoy are expected to bear the brunt of the fierce winds.

Yellow snow and ice warnings are in force from tomorrow morning until Sunday evening.

Some 2-3cm of snow is expected tomorrow, with up to 20cm settling on higher ground.

A spell of heavy snow is expected on Sunday which could lead to road, rail and air travel delays.

The Met Office warned rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off.

The Department for Infrastructure said it will be posting regular online updates.

It added: "The department's Trafficwatch and road safety teams will continue to offer advice and guidance via social media to all road users, to help the public prepare for winter driving conditions and plan their route."

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