Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

North East weather warning remains in place

North East weather warning remains in place

"I would like to make it clear that there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys and with that comes a high likelihood of the conditions being very poor, therefore I would ask people whether their journey is really necessary?"

More than a foot of snow was recorded in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway, while Tulloch Bridge in Inverness saw 21cm of snow overnight with temperatures as low as -4C, forecasters said.

Most areas of Courier Country are expected to see more snow today.

Level 3: High risk of disruption for road journeys - police advise that there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys.

The Met Office has warned of persistent heavy snow for southern Scotland and north east England, and that rural communities are likely to become cut off. The Yellow warnings are for Snow and Ice so as temperatures drop overnight, the mushy melting bits will freeze and there will be hard conditions on the roads as the gritters carry on their work.

Supt Calum Glenny said: "Despite some hard weather conditions in the Dumfries and Galloway area which caused some disruption, the weather was not as severe as was first forecast".

Dozens of schools have been closed in parts of Scotland, while public transport has been disrupted by the weather.

As well as the travel disruption caused by the snow, an estimated 40,000 pupils missed classes after around 300 schools were shut across the country on Wednesday.

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Cops have also warned there will be a "high risk of disruption" for commuters due to the upgraded warning.

A Met Office statement read: "Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland, where high ground is likely to see a further 10-20cms building up above 200-300 metres".

Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England may continue to be affected by wintry conditions into Friday evening, though the Met Office predicts it will be less severe.

The transport minister Humza Yousaf advised people to plan journeys and watch travel updates.

"Our priority is to ensure the public are safe".

Up to 20cm of snow has been predicted in the worst hit areas across parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.

Overnight, three Scottish locations topped the UK's list of freezing temperatures - with Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire plummeting to -6.8C.

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