Edinburgh Weather: Warning as ice to hit Lothians this weekend

Conditions could be difficult across the Lothians.Conditions could be difficult across the Lothians.
Conditions could be difficult across the Lothians.
A warning has been issued for ice across Edinburgh and the Lothians, as temperatures are set to plummet this weekend.

From 6pm today, a yellow warning for ice covers much of mainland Scotland lasting until 11am on Sunday.

It is one of several warnings across Scotland as rain covers north-western Scotland until 6pm on Monday, while a snow warning for the Orkney and Shetland isles is in place from 6am on Sunday until 9am on Monday morning.

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People in areas with frost and ice were warned of the potential for injuries from slips and falls on hazardous surfaces, dangerous driving conditions and delays to public transport.

As the sun sets on Saturday evening, a widespread frost is forecast to develop and freezing patches of fog will also return for many.

The freezing fog is expected to linger right through Sunday, but there will also be sunny spells for many, with temperatures set to stay cool at between 4C and 7C.

Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said: "Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.

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"In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions it's important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.

"Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey."

He also urged drivers to check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated and that windscreens are "completely cleared of ice and snow".