Met Office issues warning for snow as temperatures plummet
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The Met Office has issued an “risk to life” amber warning of snow for Scotland, which is likely to cause travel disruptions for the next few hours. The alert is in place between 5 am Friday till 12 noon.
It also includes Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.
The Met office in its warning stated: “Outbreaks of snow are expected to move eastwards across Scotland on Friday.
“Snow will initially fall to low levels, with 5 to 10 cm accumulating in places this morning in two to three hours.
“From late morning, snow at low levels will turn to sleet or rain, but further snow is likely above 200 metres where up to 20 cm may accumulate by afternoon.”
According to the Met Office, an amber warning in place is likely to cause the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.
Currently, there are two yellow warnings of snow and ice in effect for Orkney & Shetland, Central, Tayside & Fife and South West Scotland.
The warning stated: “Outbreaks of sleet and snow will spread across much of southern, central and western Scotland through Friday.
“There remains some uncertainty in which areas will be worst affected, but a few places seem likely to see snow persist through the morning, perhaps even lasting into the afternoon, before increasingly turning to rain at low levels later.
“While the larger snow accumulations are expected to occur over higher ground above 200 metres (where 10-20 cm is possible), some accumulations are also likely to low levels.
“Through the Central Lowlands, 1-3 cm of snow is most likely at low levels, but possibly up to 5-10 cm in a few locations during Friday morning, perhaps falling in only two or three hours. Additionally, in some areas sleet or rain may fall onto frozen surfaces, leading to icy conditions.”
A Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) covering all of England and is currently in place until 12 noon on December 18.
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