BBC Weather forecasts low temperatures with snow in Scotland
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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind and snow, which is due to hit the UK on Tuesday. The warning covers much of Scotland, including Central, Tayside & Fife; Grampian; Highlands and Eilean Siar; and Orkney and Shetland.
It said that these areas can expect “frequent snow showers and gusts to severe gale force” from Tuesday.
It said: “In combination with winds gusting 50 to 60 mph, perhaps 70 mph on exposed summits, temporary blizzard conditions and some drifting of snow on higher level routes is likely.
“Gusts of around 70 mph on exposed coasts will generate some large waves and dangerous coastal conditions in a few places.”
The forecaster added that the extreme weather may lead to “travel disruption, particularly for higher routes”.
It warned: “Some bus, ferry, and possibly train services affected, with journeys either cancelled or taking longer.
“Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges possible.
“It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.”
But the severe weather is likely to disappear by Wednesday, according to the Met Office forecast.
It said: “Showers, accompanied by strong winds, will become increasingly frequent and wintry through Tuesday at all levels, before dying away Wednesday morning.
“Below 100m, accumulations are most likely to be temporary and slushy.
“Greater likelihood of more significant accumulations (2-5, and in places 10-15 cm) above 200m.”
Weather forecasting platform WXCharts has forecast approximately 1.5cm of snow per hour in areas of Scotland, including Aberdeen and parts of Northwest Scotland.
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Nick Finnis, a senior forecaster for Netweather predicted “significant accumulations” of sleet and snow over higher ground.
He said: “Outbreaks of rain skirting southern counties of England Monday night, otherwise the cold front across N England and N. Ireland will continue its journey south overnight into Tuesday morning, bring a band of rain, sleet and back edge snow – snow mostly over hills.
“Showers of rain, sleet or snow clearing southern areas in the morning, then most dry and sunny but cold in a northerly flow.
“However, frequent sleet and snow showers accompanied by a strong northerly wind will pack in across northern Scotland, giving significant accumulations over higher ground, with wintry showers running down along western coasts.
“Temperatures reaching 3-6C at best, perhaps 8C in the far southwest.”
Later on in the week, Mr Finnis warned that the weather is likely to turn “unsettled and increasingly windy”.
He said: “Thursday turning unsettled and increasingly windy from the west.
“An active Atlantic frontal system will sweep east across all parts, bringing a band of heavy rain preceded by some hill snow in the north.
“Showery westerly flow following, showers turning increasingly wintry after dark in the west, as colder polar air arrives.
“A blustery and chilly day on Friday in a strong westerly wind, frequent showers in the west, which are likely to be wintry in nature, with snow over hills and perhaps temporarily to lower levels, particularly in the northwest.
“Fewer showers and sunnier in the east.”
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