SNOW is expected to bring disruption to many parts of Scotland over the coming days, forecasters warned last night.
While most of the country is likely to escape the heavier snowfall due to hit regions of England, a Met Office spokesman said that higher ground across Scotland and particularly inland Aberdeenshire would be affected by snow into the early hours of this morning.
“The traffic cameras are already turning white at Inverurie and up to Huntly, so I think we can expect to see disruption there and the A9,” he said.
The spokesman added that today wintry showers would be increasingly confined to the Northern Isles, with the rest of Scotland set to enjoy a reasonable period of dry and bright, but cold, weather.
“In contrast to what’s happening in England, we should see the weather improving today and through tomorrow too,” he added.
The snow is expected to stop falling this morning, but the accumulations could still cause disruption for commuters and some higher parts of the country may see flurries of snow later today and tomorrow.
And the spokesman warned that a band of rain heading in from the West would cause further heavier snow and disruption when it hits the cold air above Scotland on Wednesday, before conditions turn milder towards the end of the week.
“As the wet weather hits the colder air, it will turn to snow, particularly in the East of Scotland, and that is likely to bring disruption to roads including the M74, the A9, roads between Stirling and Perth and areas south of Edinburgh,” he said.
Forecasters for MeteoGroup said that coverings of up to six centimetres could fall on Scotland’s mountains.
Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup said: “A band of light rain will move from the south-west in a north-east direction over north England and west Scotland.
“This will linger before turning to quite a significant fall of snow in the early evening, pretty much everywhere will get a couple of centimetres of snow, and up to six centimetres on higher ground, including the Pennines and Scottish mountains.”
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of snow, ice and rain for north-east Scotland down to south-east England, east Wales and Northern Ireland.
It warned of a danger of ice on roads and surfaces after the snow fall.
“Rain, sleet and snow will die away from Northern England and parts of Scotland on Sunday night, leaving a legacy of icy stretches on paved surfaces for [this] morning” it said.
Thousands of passengers were stranded in America last night after flights to Britain were grounded after a massive snowstorm hit the US east coast. It dumped more than three feet of snow from Massachusetts to New Jersey
Heathrow Airport said 32 inbound flights – all from New York and Boston – were cancelled, as well as three outbound flights.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada were all forced to cancel scheduled flights, Heathrow said.
Passengers were advised to check if their flights are affected with their airlines.