Edinburgh and Lothians 'braced for 4 days of snow'

Edinburgh and Lothians 'braced for 4 days of snow'

Edinburgh and Lothians 'braced for 4 days of snow'

Yesterday we reported that a snow and ice weather warning had been issued for the majority of the counties in the North of Ireland, and today that warning has been expanded upon.

The warning is valid from Tuesday, January 16 from 5:30am to 3am Wednesday, January 17. Forecasters warn that roads and pavements will turn icy, and accidents and injuries are more likely in northern England, Wales, and the Midlands due to sleet, snow, and hail.

Scotland is also subject to an amber weather warning, while large parts of Britain are under a yellow weather warning.

Regarding the specific areas, snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland, where 10-20 cm of snowfall is expected to gather in areas that are above 200-300 meters.

A further Met Office warning is already in place for strong gusting wind Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning.

According to Met Office forecasters, there will be occasionally heavy rain and strong winds in the northwest of the UK. Scattered showers will continue however, with some still wintry in the north and on higher ground.

Gritters were out in force across Scotland, with pictures on social media showing particularly hard driving conditions on the M8 near Easterhouse.

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The outlook summary is for cold with wintry showers at first but a spell of heavy rain clearing eastwards to milder conditions on Sunday.

Regarding the winds, a yellow warning is also in place.

An additional warning for wind has been issued from Wednesday night into Thursday, with gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour expected in some areas. "Winds will become very strong westerly in the evening and early night with severe gusts inland and strong gales on coasts".

By tonight Met Eireann says we can expect: "widespread showers continue, some heavy and with the risk of hail or thunder, especially in the west and north".

Disruption and cancellations are also expected to rail and air travel, with some rural communities at risk of becoming cut off and left without power. Flying debris is also possible, along with some damage to buildings.

"There are strong winds as well throughout that period, so you could see some blizzard conditions if you've got the strong winds and the falling snow, again mainly over higher ground".

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