Lothians weather: Yellow warning for snow and ice in place across parts of the region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of snow and ice which will affect certain parts of Scotland including the Lothians and the Borders.
Snow and ice warning for parts of the LothiansSnow and ice warning for parts of the Lothians
Snow and ice warning for parts of the Lothians

Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions, according to the Met Office.

Areas affected include Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.

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Other areas in Scotland affected include Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, the Highlands and the Strathclyde area.

The forecaster has predicted that the snowy and icy conditions will begin at 10pm on Monday and last until 11.59pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

This is an updated weather warning to bring the start time forward a few hours and to increase the northerly extent of the area at threat through Tuesday.

Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers are expected with bus and train services potentially delayed or cancelled.

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Some road closures and longer journey times are possible with possible delays or cancellations to air travel.

Some rural communities could become cut off and power cuts may occur as well as other services – such as mobile phone coverage – being affected.

The Met Office has also warned that there will be a chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces with the potential for some untreated pavements and cycle paths being impassable in the affected areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A band of rain, locally heavy in places, is likely to push slowly northeast across parts of the UK.

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"As this rain comes into contact with cold air in place, it is likely to readily turn to snow away from eastern coastal districts.

"1-4 cm of snow is quite likely away from eastern coasts, with 5-10 cm possible in places, most likely across southern Scotland and above 150 m over northern England.

"Potential for 20 cm or more across higher parts of the northern England and Scotland.

"As well as snow, a period of freezing rain is possible for parts of east Wales and the north Midlands.

"Should this occur widespread icy stretches would form.

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"Snow should turn back to rain from the south, lasting longest across parts of northern England and Scotland.”

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