Weather warning as heavy snow and high winds sweep across Scotland
The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for the whole of the country on Monday and Tuesday.
Wintry conditions are causing delays to travel as snow and high winds sweep across Scotland.
The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning for the whole of the country on Monday and Tuesday.
Winds up to 60mph or higher are predicted, and forecasters have warned of hazardous driving conditions amid hail and sleet. Lightning is also expected in parts.
Environment agency SEPA has issued 18 flood warnings and alerts covering Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, west Central Scotland, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
The Met Office’s chief forecaster warned: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to move slowly eastwards passing close to northern Scotland on Monday night to end up close to the northern isles during Tuesday.
“A strong, unstable and cold westerly flow on Monday will gradually veer north-westerly by Tuesday and is expected to bring frequent showers to many parts, falling as hail, sleet and snow.
“Accumulating snow can be expected at low levels in places, while snow is likely to accumulate above about 200 to 300m throughout at times.
“However, by day much of the snow at low levels will melt. Lightning could be an additional hazard.”
Rail services hit by snow in Dalwhinnie on Monday morning
Several schools in the Highlands have been shut, along with Glenshee Ski Centre.
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has warned snowslips will occur in the Creag Meagaidh, Lochaber and Glencoe areas. Avalanches are also likely in the Cairngorms.
The A93 Braemar to Glenshee road, B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road and the A947 Dyce to Newmachar road have all been closed. Western Isles ferry operator CalMac has warned of potential disruption.
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