Snow alert for Edinburgh as temperatures plummet

Keith Brown launches the Get Ready for Winter campaign. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Keith Brown launches the Get Ready for Winter campaign. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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Weather forecasters are warning snow could fall in the Lothians in the coming days as temperatures plummet.

Next week will see the first cold blast of the winter, with snow possible on Tuesday.

On the whole meteorologists are warning of a potentially severe winter ahead, following a hot summer and mild autumn.

James Madden, long range forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “A significant pattern change will begin to deliver much colder air from the Arctic regions over the coming days.

“This will allow for the development of some further and more severe widespread frosts across the country, with some additional periods of stubborn fog.

“There is also the additional risk of some significant snow.”

He said snow “won’t restricted to higher ground” across the Lothians – potentially causing traffic delays in and around Edinburgh.

Below average temperatures and heavy snow are likely to continue throughout the Lothians in the remainder of November and into December, Madden warned.

The risk of significant snowfall is more likely between November 23 and 30 – but flurries earlier in the month cannot be ruled out.

Earlier this month the News revealed winter salt stocks have been cut from 25,000 to 16,000 tonnes.

The reduction is down to the city’s Braehead depot no longer being used as an emergency store because it is being considered for sale under a cost-cutting review by the council.

But so-called super-gritters, which are capable of spreading twice as much salt on icy roads, are set to make a return to the city. The city council has insisted it is prepared for the cold snap. Transport and environment convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “In 2010/11 we experienced some of the worst conditions in almost half a century and our chief priority if this happens again is to keep the city moving. Our Be Prepared for Winter campaign will use our website and social and local media to alert residents about plans for the next day, such as gritting, waste collection services and schools. We’ve also got maps on our website showing gritting routes and salt bin locations throughout the winter.

“There are more than enough stocks of salt and grit, and the fleet of specialist snow clearing vehicles is ready to go.