Scotland is bracing for more snow while England faces the threat of flooding

Scotland is bracing for more snow while England faces the threat of flooding

People have been warned to expect disruption with weather warnings for snow and ice across much of Scotland from Friday to Saturday.

The Met Office warned that some roads and railways may be affected, while there is a possibility of power outages and disruption of mobile phone services.

Weather warnings for snow and rain south of the border have expired, although flood alerts and alerts remain in place for most parts of England.

In Scotland, a yellow weather warning for snow and ice extending from the Orkney Islands down to Stirling comes into effect at 3pm on Friday and remains in place until 6pm on Saturday.

A separate yellow warning for snow came into effect at 12pm on Thursday and will remain in place until 3pm on Friday.

This warning covers most of the central belt and parts of the Scottish Borders but also extends north, combining with the other weather warning.

Traffic Scotland on X, formerly known as Twitter, said the snow gates at Cairn or Mount in Aberdeenshire had been closed.

Train operator Scotrail announced on the X website that it intends to operate most services as normal, with the only changes being made to the West Highland Line.

Ferry operator Calmac has announced a number of delays and cancellations due to bad weather.

The company advised its passengers to check the status of the routes on its website before travelling.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued two flood warnings for Scotland.

Both north and south Luss Bay in Dumfries and Galloway are affected, with warnings in place until 11.30am on Friday.

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Meanwhile, the Met Office has removed warnings in place in other parts of the UK although flood alerts and warnings remain in place in many areas.

There are 81 flood warnings, mostly in the south and Midlands, with only a few in the north, while 294 less serious flood warnings have also been issued in England and 19 flood alerts are in force in Wales.

The number of warnings is subject to change as the UK Government’s online flood system is updated regularly.

Dozens of schools closed on Thursday in northern England and north Wales and travel disruptions were reported throughout the day with amber weather warnings issued.

Heavy snow in Allenheads, Northumberland

Heavy snow in Allenheads, Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

It comes after the Met Office in Kirkwall, Orkney, measured 10cm of snow on Thursday, while 9cm was recorded in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

A total of 43.2mm of rain was measured in Harbertonford, south Devon, almost half the area’s February average.

The Great Western Railway service on the line between Bath and Swindon was also reported to be interrupted due to flooding.

Temperatures in the early hours of Thursday reached minus 13.8C at Altnahara, in the Scottish Highlands, while Exeter reached minus 13.6C later, Dan Stroud, operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said earlier. from today.

“We’re still getting rain and snow making its way north, and we have more weather warnings in effect,” he said.

“Temperatures are recovering a little, in the far south it is generally mild.

“We have a second band of clouds and rain moving north, making driving conditions difficult.

“We’ve been through the worst of it but it’s still not quite clear. In places where it snows, we see there is a risk of some icy spots on the roads.

“Maybe the focus is starting to shift more toward the ice, and people have to be careful.”

An ice skater climbs a hill in Northumberland

A snowboarder climbs a hill in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

School closures were reported on Thursday in Wales, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cumbria.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, urged older people to do everything they can to stay warm and safe as temperatures drop.

She said: “Rising energy bills and food prices mean it’s understandable that some people think they should cut back on eating and turn off the heating, but prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can have a serious impact on their health, especially if they are already managing existing illnesses.

“As we age, our bodies find it difficult to adapt to large changes in temperature, especially if we are also dealing with ill health or mobility problems. Cold raises blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Car company RAC has also issued a warning to drivers, urging them to take “utmost caution” when travelling.

A company spokesperson added: “The clear message to drivers is to never put yourself or your passengers in any danger, as being stranded in a flood can sometimes quickly escalate into a life-threatening situation.

“If you come to a road covered in water and you can’t be sure how deep it is, turn around and find another road.

“This way you will avoid anything bad from happening, including serious damage to your car.”

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