Will it snow in January 2020? Scotland long-range weather forecast for the start of the year

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While we missed out on a white Christmas, there's a chance it could snow in Scotland in January.

After one of the mildest Decembers on record - with temperatures having reached more than 18C in Sutherland -the Met Office is predicting an unsettled January, with heavy rain and the chance of snow.

Scotland's higher plains have already had their first snowfall of 2020. Picture: Shutterstock

Scotland's higher plains have already had their first snowfall of 2020. Picture: Shutterstock

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Will Scotland get snow in January this year?

Temperatures on New Year's Eve plummeted across Scotland and the start of January saw frosty mornings and blustery winds.

A Yellow weather warning for ice and snow was then put in place for between 1am and 1pm on Tuesday 14 January around Inverness.

It's unclear if we will have "Beast from the East" levels of disruption but weather warnings are in place. Picture: Shutterstock

It's unclear if we will have "Beast from the East" levels of disruption but weather warnings are in place. Picture: Shutterstock

Asked about the possibility of snow for the rest of January, a Met Office spokesperson said that "Through until mid-January, any snow is likely to be restricted to the mountains. Then for the second half of the month, we could see occasional sleet or snow showers to lower levels in any colder interludes."

What's the long-range weather forecast for January in Scotland?

In the first half of January, the Met Office predicts that weather conditions will remain unsettled across the north west of the UK, with spells of heavy rain and strong winds interspersed with scattered showers.

These showers could turn to snow over higher ground in the north, however generally temperatures look set to be above the average for of 3.7C for January in the UK.

In the last two weeks of the month, we can expect periods of heavy rain and strong winds in Scotland, interspersed with showery interludes and some snow on higher ground. Temperatures will stay above average with the potential for some colder spells.

The Met Office have added that, as we head into February, any snow "will be most likely over northern hills, but it could fall to lower levels at times, mainly in the north, during colder interludes."

Is it normal to get snow in January?

It is perfectly common for the UK, and especially for Scotland, to experience some snowfall throughout January and February.

According to the Met Office, the UK gets on average 23.7 days of snowfall or sleet each year, with most of it falling on higher ground where temperatures are lower.

In Scotland, the average figure is much higher with snow or sleet falling on 38.1 days on average. The Cairngorms is statistically the snowiest part of the country, with 76.2 days of snow or sleet falling on average each year.