The Met Office has issued a yellow climate warning for snow throughout components of Scotland, warning of anticipated disruption to roads and railways. The warning was issued from midnight to 9am on Thursday for an space masking a lot of Highland, Central Tayside and Fife and Grampian.
The Met Office mentioned in its warning: “Overnight showers and longer spells of rain and sleet, will turn increasingly to sleet and hill snow by Thursday morning, leading to snow accumulations on higher ground, with 1-4 cm above 300 m.
“Temporary low level accumulations are possible, perhaps mainly across Caithness but should be short-lived.
“Ice may form on some inland and upland roads by morning.
“Some roads and railways [are] likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
The Met Office additionally issued yellow climate warnings for wind for northwest England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The warning mentioned: “Winds will increase this evening across parts of Northern Ireland, with gusts to 50 or 55 mph likely in places, perhaps 60 mph in a few exposed spots, before easing beyond midnight.
“Across North Wales and northwest England, winds are expected to peak during the early hours, when gusts will widely reach 50 to 60 mph, and possibly around 70 mph close to some coasts.
“Here winds will ease somewhat by daybreak, and then more markedly during the morning.
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Forecasters said “polar air” as cold as -14C might sweep throughout Britain within the coming days, due to low stress “heading off towards Scandinavia” and cold air coming again.
However, the bottom temperature anticipated to be recorded within the UK throughout Saturday and Sunday is -5C “at most” in rural Scotland, the Met Office informed The Independent.
This is quite a bit colder than the usual April temperature, with the typical minimal recording for April between 1991and 2020 being 3.75C.
Jon Farrow, a meteorologist with netweather.tv mentioned: “Lines of showers will move down through the UK on the northwesterly wind.
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“So prone areas will be northern Scotland with snow, the northern coasts of Northern Ireland and Wales, and some skimming along the east coast of Britain.
“A few may reach further inland with a mix of icy rain, sleet and occasional snow flurries. Many places will be dry.
“After the cold start, temperatures by day will be 8 to 12C with a few spots in the south reaching 13C.
“In any sheltered sunshine, it will feel pleasant and also behind glass but out in the breeze, if the sun disappears behind a cloud, and certainly, after dark, it will be chilly.”