Met Office issues ‘Yellow Be Aware’ weather alert for tomorrow

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Weather forecasters have warned that heavy snow and ice is expected to return to parts of Scotland on Thursday,

The Met Office has issued weather warnings – high winds, icy conditions and snow is forecast across much of Scotland tomorrow – making driving conditions difficult over the coming days particularly in the Highlands.

The Met Office said: “Frequent and occasionally heavy snow showers are likely across the north and northwest of Scotland on Thursday, particularly on high ground”.

Yellow ‘Be Aware’ warnings are one below amber and have been issued by the Met Office for: The Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Tayside, Grampian, Central, Strathclyde and the Borders.

The alert says the wintry weather could last into Friday morning – the yellow alert issued here by the Met Office covers 00:00 to 23:59 on Thursday. 

The warning has been flagged up by Northern Constabulary.

The Met Office has warned up to 15cm of snow could fall in higher ground, while snow and ice could cause conditions to be treacherous on lower areas.

Forecasters said snow could fall to depths of 10cm (3in) on ground above 150m (492ft) and to 15cm (5in) above 300m (984ft).

High winds may cause disruption in the west while gale-force winds are forecast to hit the Western Isles and Argyll during the day and people should be careful when travelling.

Although it appears the north east could be the worst for snow, the central belt will experience icy, windy conditions resulting in treacherous driving conditions where surfaces freeze following showers of a wintry mix of sleet, snow and hailstones.