Snow forecast in Edinburgh over weekend as Met Office warns of icy roads and pavements

Snow is expected to fall in Edinburgh this weekend as the Met Office warned pedestrians and drivers to watch out for icy mornings in the coming days.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 4:29 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 4:31 pm

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said sleet and snow will fall on low ground across Edinburgh from 8pm on Saturday - but it's unlikely to last long or settle.

Overnight temperatures could fall to -1c on Sunday morning, meaning icy conditions on roads and pavements.

Mr Burkill said: "If you're heading out on Saturday night you might see a bit of snow."

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Snow could fall in Edinburgh on Saturday night, say the Met Office. Pic: Joe Dunckley-Shutterstock

He also said that, although still 12 days away, Christmas Day in Edinburgh is likely to be wet and windy rather than cold and crisp.

Edinburgh's weekend weather

Friday evening (tonight) should stay dry but rain is expected to arrive from midnight. This is expected to fall as sleet or snow in the Pentlands.

Mr Burkill predicts outbreaks of light rain in the Capital on Saturday morning and afternoon before colder temperatures lead to sleet and snow in the evening.

Wind gusts of up to 35mph are expected on Saturday, with temperatures falling to freezing - or just below - and highs of 4c forecast in the city during the day.

Mr Burkill said Sunday will be largely dry but it could be icy first thing in the morning with sleet and snow falling overnight and freezing, as temperatures dip to -1c. The mercury will fall even more in the outskirts of Edinburgh with -3c expected.

Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing to create early morning icy conditions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

However, Mr Burkill says conditions are likely to become milder by the end of the week.

He said: "The greatest risk of ice is Sunday morning where we have had rain and snow during the early part of the night before - but temperatures falling below freezing will make it very icy. We're in for some chilly nights and days where temperatures will only be mid single figures."

Christmas Day

Mr Burkill said: "At the moment it's more than likely going to be unsettled. It's probably going to be raining and blustery at times and temperatures look about average rather than below. But that's not to say we should rule out anything."