Storm Caroline has been named by the Met Office, as winds of up to 80mph are set to hit parts of Britain.
A severe weather warning for wind has been issued for northern Scotland for Thursday.
Forecasters warned drivers to take care in strong gusts and said that train passengers are likely to be hit by longer journeys and cancellations.
With widespread gusts of up to 70mph, the Met Office said coastal communities are expected to be affected by large waves.
The yellow weather warning for wind is in force from 8am to 11.55pm on Thursday.
A Met Office statement said Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland on Thursday.
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/or large waves.
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A Met Office spokesman said The strongest winds will reach the northwest early on Thursday, extending to the Northeast and Northern Isles in the afternoon.
Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening.
Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening.
Storm Caroline is the third UK storm of the season to be named by the Met Office.
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