Forecasters issue snow and hail warning

Cesar Mills
January 17, 2018

Snow, sleet and hail are set to hit Scotland and Northern Ireland, with other parts of the United Kingdom bracing themselves for ice and high winds as the week progresses.

It is followed by a yellow warning for wind from 9pm on Wednesday to lunchtime on Thursday.

There is the chance of some power cuts, with other services - such as mobile phone coverage - possibly affected.

The warning reads: "Frequent and heavy hail and snow showers are likely to affect many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from Monday evening, continuing for much of the day on Tuesday".

The storm is expected to develop so quickly that it will undergo what is known as "explosive cyclogenesis", turning the area of low pressure into a weather bomb, triggering extremely strong winds, torrential rain and heavy snow.

The separate Met Office yellow - "be aware" - wind warning is for gusts of 60-70mph "quite widely" across the southern half of Scotland and "a small chance of winds reaching 80 miles per hour in places". Particularly across western Scotland, rains will be accompanied by hail and lighting at times.

Dundee will remain subject to a weather warning for snow until at least Thursday, the Met Office has confirmed.

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On the first snow warning covering Scotland and Northern Ireland, she said: "We're looking at 10-20cms above 200-300 metres".

The winds across the United Kingdom are likely to be gusting to 130km/h in some places, with up to 20 centimetres of snow over high ground.

Meanwhile, Highland Council has revealed it has overspent by £500,000 on its current winter budget due to the snow and ice already experienced this winter.

"The warning is talking about isolated, more exposed areas seeing 80mph, but more widely 60 to 70mph".

"Some roads and pavements will turn icy, with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries".

"A slushy cover of 1 to 3 cm seems more likely at lower levels and closer to the western coasts, as well as across most of southern England, with some areas here seeing very little or no snow".

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