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THIRD snow warning issued by Met Office amid forecast for up 20cm of snowfall this weekend

By Philip Murray

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The area covered by the snow and ice warning for Friday night and Saturday. Picture: Met Office.
The area covered by the snow and ice warning for Friday night and Saturday. Picture: Met Office.

Disruptive snow looks set to impact the Highlands into the weekend after the Met Office issued another yellow warning – their THIRD in the space of 24 hours.

The latest weather warning – again for snow and ice – will come into force across the Highlands on Friday afternoon and remain in place until late on Saturday.

It follows a yellow warning that was in place overnight last night, during which up to 25cm of snow fell in parts of the region – notably in areas of Sutherland – with depths of several centimetres also reported in numerous other locations.

A second warning was then issued on Wednesday morning, covering later in the day and overnight into Thursday, with Caithness, Sutherland and large parts of Ross-shire warned to expect up to another 5cm of snow to fall between 4pm and 10am.

And in the last hour the Met Office has since issued its third such warning. This time the alert is predicting up to 20cm will fall on higher routes. It will run from 3pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday, and applies to an area covering virtually all of mainland Scotland north of the central belt, as well as Orkney.

Describing this latter warning, a Met Office spokesperson said: "Outbreaks of sleet and snow will gradually spread northwards across the warning area during Friday afternoon and through Saturday.

"Accumulations will vary from place to place, but some areas are expected to see 1-3cm of snow through this period, and perhaps as much as 10-20cm in some locations on higher ground (above about 300 metres).

"Ice will be an additional hazard. During Saturday, milder conditions will follow from the south with sleet and snow turning to rain."

Related: 'Take care' plea to motorists after overnight snows hit Highland roads

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