Heavy snow forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Snow forecast

Snow forecast

As temperatures have been rising and the sun has been shining we’d be forgiven for thinking that March had bought up Spring, but the Met Office has ruined such thoughts for those in the North with severe weather warnings.

Up to 12inches of snow have been forecast on high grounds in Scotland and Northern Ireland although the cold weather should stay north.

Disruption is expected on roads in Scotland over the weekend, although Transport Scotland claims to have “robust” supplies of salt on standby to deal with the freezing conditions.

The BBCs Christopher Blanchett said, “By the end of Saturday there is the potential for 15cm to 20cm [of snow] over higher ground,” he said.

“There could be 5cm to 10cm at lower levels through the central belt and northwards towards Stirling.

“Snowfall is possible in our towns and cities. It will continue to move northwards, reaching Moray by late afternoon. It will be a similar picture on Sunday too, with the weather system taking its time to clear.”

The Northern Irish forecaster added for his region, “Overnight into Saturday the rain is expected to turn wintry with the Met Office warning of up to 10cm of snow, especially over hills and mountains above 150m.

“We can expect ice to form in places too.”

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland was optimistic that they would keep the roads flowing, adding, “Transport Scotland and our trunk road operating companies are closely monitoring the weather forecasts and are operating at a heightened level of vigilance and preparedness for the next couple of days to ensure everything is done to keep our transport networks moving and Scotland open for business.

“Supplies of salt are robust, with over 260,000 tonnes, with a further 120,500 tonnes on order across Scotland.”

England and Wales should escape the problems and continue to enjoy the warmer sunnier weather for now.

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