Police Scotland warns travellers in view of fresh snowfall

Published on : Monday, January 28, 2019

As a band of snow and ice is expected to hit Scotland, police have urged travellers to take care and plan ahead. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning covering a large stretch of the country between 1am and 12 noon on Tuesday.

Up to 10cm (4in) of snow on high ground has been forecast. Regions affected are central, south west, Tayside, Fife, Highlands and islands, Lothian, Borders and Strathclyde.

Weather forecasters say some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and rail services.

Police Scotland has issued travel advice as rain overnight will give way to potentially heavy widespread snow.

Insp David Hynd said: “Warnings from the Met Office indicate that showers will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground then to lower levels later tonight and on Tuesday morning. Drivers should therefore exercise extra caution while this is in force.

“If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

“Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”

Advice on the Met Office website reads: “Showers will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground then to lower levels later in the night and on Tuesday morning.”

Five to 10cm of fresh snow is expected above about 200m with a cover of one to two cm at lower levels. It comes after a warning for ice was issued in the north east until 12:00 on Monday.

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