• STV
  • MySTV

Red alert: Public told to stay indoors during extreme snow

It is the first time the Met Office has ever issued a red alert for snow in Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a red alert for snow and urged Scots to remain indoors as an arctic blast sweeps across the country.

It is the first time the forecaster has issued a red snow alert in Scotland and the first anywhere in the UK since 2013.

The alert stretches across the central belt, covering Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dunfermline, while amber and yellow warnings remain in place elsewhere.

Red warning: The 'Beast from the East' sweeps across Scotland.
Red warning: The 'Beast from the East' sweeps across Scotland. Met Office

The extreme weather has already disrupted travel nationwide, with potentially life-threatening conditions in places.

Hundreds of schools are shut, Glasgow Airport is closed and dozens of train routes are affected.

'The snow is likely to cause power cuts and rural areas could become completely cut off.'
Sean Batty

STV weather presenter Sean Batty said: "It is extremely significant that a red warning has been issued.

"It means transport routes and travel services will be affected for a prolonged period and you can expect long travel delays. There's likely to be a large numbers of stranded vehicles and passengers with widespread disruption to rail, road and air services.

"The snow is likely to cause power cuts in some areas and drifting snow at higher levels could block some roads. This means that rural areas could become completely cut off. Mobile phone and internet is also likely to be affected by the wintry conditions."

The Siberian chill has been branded the "Beast from the East" and yellow and amber warnings have been in place across most of Scotland since Monday.

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1409257-weather-watch-all-the-latest-updates-from-across-scotland/ | default

"In eastern and central areas there will widely be around 5 to 10cm of snow by the end of Wednesday, with up to 25cm in areas where the showers become more prolonged," Sean said.

"In higher areas there could be as much as 30 to 40cm of snow."

Dry and powdery snow could cause snow drifts to accumulate in eastern and western parts of Scotland, including the Hebrides.

"The wind will lead to an extreme wind chill, with gales at times along the Angus, Aberdeenshire and Fife coast," Sean continued.

https://stv.tv/news/features/1408960-sean-batty-s-weather-q-a/ | default

"The wind will also be strong across the Hebrides. It looks like being one of our coldest February days for a long time, with temperature staying below freezing throughout the day for most places. With the wind, it will feel more like -10C on the east coast and -7C in the west.

"There is a risk of a more prolonged spell of snow affecting the central belt later in the afternoon and overnight tonight, bringing a further several centimetres of snow.

"This could impact the evening commute and people out and about should plan for this, and keep up to date with the latest information."

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1409137-weather-warning-checklist/ | default

Transport Scotland has asked people to avoid travelling in the worst-hit areas if possible and warned motorists could find themselves stranded.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: "The Met Office is telling us that we're going to see some extremely challenging conditions over the next few days, so I'd urge people follow police advice and to avoid travel in the areas affected by the amber snow warnings.

"Consider if you need to make your journey. If you do set out, you are likely to face disruption and could potentially be stranded, so make sure you are properly prepared with a winter kit, warm clothing, food and drink."

Arctic blast: Snow and clouds swirl over Scotland.
Arctic blast: Snow and clouds swirl over Scotland. University of Dundee

What Met Office weather warnings mean

  • Yellow Severe weather is possible and could affect you. Yellow means you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays or the disruption of your day to day activities. The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.
  • Amber There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office.
  • Red Extreme weather is expected. Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.