DORSET looks set to escape Storm Caroline - but we could see snow tomorrow.

Gusts of wind of between 70 and 80mph have been predicted for parts of Scotland on Thursday.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning with the risk of flying debris that “could lead to injuries or danger to life”.

It continues: "Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blowing off roofs. 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. Large waves are expected and beach material may be thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties."

The strong winds will be followed by snow showers on Friday and Saturday which will extend across northern and western parts of the UK with between two and five centimetres of snow “likely fairly widely”.

The Met Office says anywhere between 10 and 20 centimetres could fall in northern Scotland, northern Ireland, north Wales and even the northwest Midlands.

The warning says: “Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

"The heaviest and most frequent snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday."

"Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers."

A yellow warning has also been issued for the south west but this does not include Dorset.

However, according to the Met Office, there could be light snow in some parts of the county on Friday.

The forecast currently says there's a 40 per cent chance of snow showers at 11am on Friday morning.

Blandford could see some snow at 8am on Friday but elsewhere in the county there could just be showers.