Scotland's weather: Travel disruption warning from new snow alerts

Hugh Fox
February 2, 2019

Much of the rest of the United Kingdom can also expect freezing temperatures, with a yellow warning for both snow and ice in effect until noon tomorrow.

The south west of England was worst affected, but parts of Cumbria in the north west have seen 8cm of snow, while there was 7cm recorded in Inverness-shire, Scotland and 5cm in Powys, Wales.

A lot of sunshine on Saturday with a few more snow showers and a cold north wind.

Many of us have the luxury of a vehicle with air con and mod cons that see us in a protective bubble, and can see drivers oblivious to the perilous conditions on the roads.

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Police forces have warned motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out and be "extremely careful" if have to travel by road. British Airways also cancelled or merged a number of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport in London.

Gatwick Airport also saw flurries, although the airport was advising passengers it was planning on operating as normal on Friday.

The Met Office says: "A band of rain will arrive from the south west, quickly turning to snow and becoming heavy at times".

"It's kind of pivoting in place and it's not really moving very far".

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Frosty conditions in Dundonald, Northern Ireland earlier this week.

'Meanwhile, icy stretches are expected as temperatures fall Friday late afternoon and evening, especially where there is lying snow or where there has been any melting of snow during Friday daytime'.

Snow and ice is expected in the Highlands, Grampian, Central and Strathclyde weather areas from midnight until 14:00 on Monday.

The lowest ever temperature in the United Kingdom in January was also recorded in Braemar when temperatures plummeted to minus 27.2C (-16.96F) in 1982.

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Around 100 vehicles are stranded on the A30 near Temple, also in Cornwall, because of a whiteout, Highways England said.

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