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Met Office issues new yellow warning for snow in the Highlands


By Philip Murray

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The area covered by the new snow warning (darker yellow) comes into force at 4pm on Wednesday. Picture: Met Office.
The area covered by the new snow warning (darker yellow) comes into force at 4pm on Wednesday. Picture: Met Office.

Further disruptive snow is expected to hit the Highlands later today and overnight, the Met Office has warned after issuing another yellow weather warning.

The UK forecaster issued the alert shortly before 9am on Wednesday, with the warning coming into force at 4pm and remaining in place until 10am on Thursday.

The alert comes amid a separate warning for snow and ice, which remains active across the entire Highlands until midday on Wednesday.

Overnight snows and ice have also sparked a plea to motorists to take extra care, with wintry conditions reported on a number of roads.

The new warning for later on Thursday covers Caithness, Sutherland and much of Ross-shire. It also covers Lewis, Orkney and Shetland.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Snow showers will affect northern Scotland overnight Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

"Accumulations of up to 2cm are expected quite widely across the warning area, with up to 5cm possible on higher ground particularly of the northwest Highlands.

"Icy surfaces may be a hazard where sleet or snow showers fall on to frozen surfaces."


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