Scotland weather: Snow alert in force until Monday

Three yellow - 'be aware' - alerts are in force for tonight and both Sunday and Monday. Picture: TSPL

Three yellow - 'be aware' - alerts are in force for tonight and both Sunday and Monday. Picture: TSPL

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SEVERE weather warnings of snow making a comeback to Scotland were issued by the Met Office today, including falls to low levels tonight and on Monday.

Three yellow - “be aware” - alerts are in force for tonight and both Sunday and Monday.

The first, from 8pm tonight to 10am tomorrow, covers the western half of Scotland and everywhere north of Inverness.

The agency said: “A plunge of cold air will bring wintry showers, falling as sleet and snow at times to low levels.

“Snow will settle to fairly low levels away from coastal districts in north-west Scotland, but will be confined to high ground further south, with 3-6cm.”

There will also be icy patches on roads and pavements.

All of Scotland apart from Orkney and Shetland will be on yellow alert from 6am to 5pm on Sunday.

The Met Office said winds of more than 50mph on coasts and hills would cause blizzards on high-level roads.

It said: “Rain, sleet and snow spreading east on Sunday will tend to turn back to rain, but remain as snow on high ground where accumulations of more than 5cm are expected in places.

“Winds will gust to over 50mph on coasts and hills, leading to blizzard conditions on high-level routes.

“The public should be aware of difficult driving conditions and the risk of disruption to transport.”

All of Scotland will be covered by a further weather warning for the whole of Monday.

The agency said: “Frequent hail, sleet and snow showers are expected on Monday. Accumulation of 3-8cm are possible to low levels across Scotland whilst up to 15cm of snow can be expected over higher ground. “Winds will be strong at times, with gusts to over 50mph on coasts and hills.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and for hazardous driving conditions at times.”

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