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WATCH: Met Office issues yellow warning for snow and ice in parts of the Highlands, amid forecast for wintry weather on tail end of Storm Christoph; alert area covers much of the A9 between Inverness and Perth, as well as Nairnshire, and Badenoch & Strathspey

By Philip Murray

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WIDESPREAD travel disruption is possible during “a period of disruptive snow” in the Highlands, the Met Office has warned.

The forecaster has issued a yellow warning for parts of the Highlands and further east, which will be in force from 3pm on Wednesday until midday on Thursday.

"A band of rain associated with Storm Christoph will push in from the northeast, turning readily to snow," said a spokesman.

"Snow accumulations of 10-15cm are possible at low levels, with 30-40cm possible over the eastern Grampians.

"Strong winds will develop during the early hours of Thursday morning, increasing to gale force at times which may cause blizzards over hills and mountains.

"Wet snow at low levels may lead to icing on infrastructure, such as power lines. Cold temperatures to follow the snow, bringing a widespread ice potential over the area."

The area covered by the alert, although wintry showers are also expected in other parts. Picture: Met Office.
The area covered by the alert, although wintry showers are also expected in other parts. Picture: Met Office.

The area covered by the alert covers parts of Nairnshire and Badenoch & Strathspey, and sits on much of the A9 between Inverness and Perth.

It extends from the Monadhliath Mountains in the west and eastwards across all of Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus, and southwards to the Firth of Tay.

Those areas not covered by the alert may also see snowfalls, with wintry showers forecast in the Highlands on Thursday and Friday.

The latest warning follows a spate of alerts since the turn of the year, amid heavy dumps of snow on Highland hills and mountains.

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