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New yellow warning for snow and ice issued by Met Office for parts of the Highlands


By Philip Murray

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The yellow warning covers parts of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross. Picture: Met Office.
The yellow warning covers parts of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross. Picture: Met Office.

A fresh snow warning has been issued by the Met Office for parts of the Highlands.

A yellow warning will come into force on Friday evening covering northern Caithness, northern and western parts of Sutherland, and parts of Wester Ross.

The alert, which runs from 5pm on Friday until 10am on Saturday, also applies to northern Skye and extends out across the Minch to cover Lewis, Harris, North Uist and Benbecula; and north across the Pentland Firth to cover Orkney and Shetland.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Wintry showers will affect northern Scotland during Friday evening and overnight.

"These are likely to fall onto frozen surfaces in places allowing icy patches to form. Additionally, showers will fall as snow inland, with 1-2cm possible in places, chiefly over hills.

"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.

"Check for road closures or delays to public transport and amend plans if necessary.

"If driving, make sure you have some essentials in your car in the event of any delays (e.g., 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."

Related: Snow and ice warning for swathes of the Highlands

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