Scotland weather: More snow and ice on the way

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The coldest week of the winter is beginning to bite, as weather warnings for snow and ice come to fruition throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Scotland looks set to be blanketed in snow once again, as parts of the country woke up to heavy snowfall this morning and with ice expected to follow over the next few days.

A series of weather warnings came into force late on Monday evening and will carry through Wednesday morning.

The Highlands, Grampian, Strathclyde, South West Scotland, Lothian and Borders, Central Tayside and Fife will all be affected, with some parts of Aberdeen and Edinburgh waking up to snow this morning.

The Met Office warned that icy stretches will form overnight, with further snow warnings set for Thursday and Friday.

The mercury is expected to plummet as low as minus 7C (19.4F) in sheltered parts of Scotland, and many Scots can expect to shiver through sub-zero temperatures.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the first full week of February will probably be “one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far”

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He said: “It’s going to be a cold week, plenty of dry weather around, but many places will probably see some snow at some point during the week, but for a lot of us not really amounting to much at all.

“Probably one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far, but snow-fall wise, doesn’t really look too disruptive at this stage.”

The coldest week of the winter is expected this week. Picture: TSPL

The coldest week of the winter is expected this week. Picture: TSPL

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Around 1-3cm of snow could accumulate inland, mainly over hills above 100 metres.

Mr Snell said the working week would start on a “bitterly cold” note, with the bulk of the population waking up to temperatures between 0C to minus 2C (32-28.4F)

Mr Snell added: “Quite a lot of the UK will see some snow as we head through Tuesday.”

Yellow ice and snow warnngs are in place for much of next week. Picture: Met Office.

Yellow ice and snow warnngs are in place for much of next week. Picture: Met Office.

The cold snap is expected to grip Britain until at least next weekend, with the chance that milder weather may not arrive until the middle of the following week.