Weather Scotland: Snow forecast as Met Office issues warning this week


Warning of the weather

In parts of Scotland this week, the first real snow of the season is predicted.

Tuesday is the first official meteorological winter day, and with it comes warnings issued for large parts of the country about snow and icy conditions.

As temperatures drop, the Met Office has warned that snow showers and icy stretches are likely to cause some travel disruption from Wednesday night to Thursday.

Scots, including Lothian and the Borders, should expect snow in Southern, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar and southwest Scotland – and winter showers in cities such as Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth are expected.

Yellow alert (Central, Tayside & Fife) for snow and ice in Scotland
-December 1, 2020, Met Office warnings (@metofficeEScot).

The Met Office has warned that it might also impact some roads and railroads, resulting in longer travel times for road, bus and rail services.

Metereologists have cautioned that ice patches expected on untreated highways, pavements and bike paths could lead to some accidents from slips and falls on icy surfaces due to bad weather.

A Met Office statement reads, “During Wednesday night, frequent showers will increasingly change to snow and continue into Thursday morning, although at times, mainly near the coast, these are likely to fall as sleet and hail.”

The most vulnerable to these showers would be the northwest of Scotland, with the potential for 2cm of snow to fall on low ground in places by Thursday morning.

“With 2-5cm over 200m and up to 10cm over some of the highest tracks, greater accumulations are anticipated at higher elevations.

“While some snow is expected at higher elevations in the Southern Uplands, very little accumulation is likely here below 200 m.”

Here are the areas impacted by the notice of snow and sleet by the Met Office:

Central, Fife & Tayside

Perth and Kinross


Highlands & Eilean Siar

Na h-Eilean Siar


Southwest Scotland, Lothian Borders

Dumfries and Galloway


Midlothian Council

Scottish Borders

West Lothian


Argyll and Bute

East Ayrshire


North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire


South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire

West Dunbartonshire


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