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Yellow warning for snow issued by Met Office for much of Highlands

By Philip Murray

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A Highland Council snow gritter (stock image). Picture: DGS
A Highland Council snow gritter (stock image). Picture: DGS

Warnings for snow have been issued for large swathes of the Highlands, with up to 10cm possible in some spots.

The Met Office issued a new yellow warning for snow and ice shortly before 9am on Sunday – with the alert coming into force at 5pm tonight and remaining in effect until midday on Monday.

Up to 10cm could fall on the hills, but 1-2cm is possible even to low levels within the alert area.

As in recent days, ice will also be a danger. The mercury plunged again overnight, with Carrbridge once again posting temperatures of at least -14C yesterday evening, and many areas well below freezing on Sunday morning – with the likes of Easter Ross sitting at around -8C and Inverness at -6C at around 8,30am.

The new alert for snow and ice covers all of Orkney, all of Caithness, most of Sutherland except the far west, Mid and Easter Ross, the Black Isle, Inverness, Loch Ness and down through the Cairngorms and on to the central belt and Borders. It also extends east across all of Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The area covered by the snow and ice warning. Picture: Met Office.
The area covered by the snow and ice warning. Picture: Met Office.

Issuing the warning for snow, a Met Office spokesman said: "Occasional wintry showers will affect eastern Scotland this evening and through Monday morning, the showers falling onto frozen surfaces giving the risk of ice.

Related: -15C recorded in part of the Highlands as mercury plunges

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"A centimetre or two of snow is possible at low levels inland with 5-10cm over the hills, but showers at low levels are expected to turn increasingly to rain overnight.

"Snowy, wintry weather can cause delays and make driving conditions dangerous. Keep yourself and others safe by planning your route, giving yourself extra time for your journey. Not needing to rush, reduces your risk of accidents, slips, and falls.

"Check for road closures or delays to public transport and amend plans if necessary. If you need to make a journey on foot or by bike, try to use pavements along main roads which are likely to be less slippery.

"If driving, make sure you have some essentials in your car in the event of any delays (eg, warm clothing, food, water, a blanket, a torch, ice scraper/de-icer, a warning triangle, high visibility vest and an in-car phone charger). Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area."

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