Blustery winter weather with snow and ice are on their way to the UK in the shape of Storm Caroline.

The storm, the third in the Met Office's A to Z list this year, will bring snow and strong winds to the UK.

The Met Office announced a yellow weather warning for the western coast, and through the Midlands.

In Burton and South Derbyshire, this warning is in place for Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 for snow and ice. It begins at 12.05am on Friday and is due to stretch until 6pm on Saturday.

Sleet showers are set to sweep in at midnight on Friday in Burton and South Derbyshire, with heavy snow by 3am and light flurries from 6am through 3pm.

Disruption to transport and travel is expected and experts are urging people to take care, plan ahead, or postpone unnecessary travel.

The area will see winds reach speeds of up to 40mph tomorrow and through Friday, but some areas of the UK may experience gusts up to 80mph.

The area of low pressure will move in 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.

Grab your coats, a polar blast set to bring snow to Burton this week

The Met Office says: "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.

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.

A map of the yellow weather warning in place this week

"Two to five centimetres of snow is likely for some, with 10-20 cm possible over high ground, mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

"Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight. Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland.

"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."

Snow is expected across the region this week
Snow is expected across the region this week

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 80mph 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.

The weather forecast for Thursday

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 per cent awareness score with 94 per cent of those responders finding the severe weather warning useful.

Eighty-two per cent of people that took action ahead of Storm Doris felt they were right to do so.