A SEVERE weather warning was issued for much of Scotland yesterday, with freezing and icy conditions expected to sweep across the country this morning.
Despite the clocks going forward yesterday – associated with the first signs of spring – the Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice and said strong winds and wintry showers were expected to continue for most of the week.
Motorists were warned to travel with care following the warning, which could see temperatures plummet to below freezing in some parts of Scotland.
But it was not all bad news, as forecasters predicted sunnier and calmer weather for the upcoming Easter weekend.
Greg Wolverson, from the Met Office, said yesterday: “The We have issued an ice warning for much of Scotland overnight and into tomorrow morning, and there will be an ice risk for motorists.
“Tomorrow there are expected to be further wintry showers, with more cloud and rain coming up from the south west of Scotland, and with snow falling over the hills.
“We expect high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday and for it to be a cold and blustery couple of days, with further wintry showers across much of the country, but with fewer in the east.”
Mr Wolverson said the Met Office expected sunny spells to become more frequent at the end of the week, with calmer weather over the Easter weekend.
Gale force winds of up to 71mph struck Scotland at the weekend, with motorists advised to use caution while crossing the Forth and Skye bridges.
Earlier this month, winds of up to 90mph affected travel and hit power supplies to 14,000 properties.
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