Grampian to miss out on ‘weather bomb’


The north-east will for once miss out on violent storms which are set to batter the rest of the country over the next few days.

Forecasters have warned people to prepare for a “weather bomb” which is expected to produce 65ft waves charging in from the Atlantic.

Those in the north of Scotland are expected to be gripped by the high winds and rain again today which sent children home early from school yesterday and cancelled all non-emergency hospital and GP appointments.

However, Grampian was left unaffected by the rare storm which Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said stemmed from a massive system of very low pressure moving from Iceland to the north of Scotland.

While those in the highlands and islands were taking shelter yesterday the north east experienced some clear spells with some “wintry showers” and snow falling above 500ft.

Forecasters at the Met Office last night said today should also be calm with bright with sunny spells throughout the morning and a few blustery showers in the afternoon.

Later on today winds are expected to rise to gale force with a maximum temperature of around 5C.

Moving on into tomorrow and the area is expected to see some wintry showers with some prolonged periods of rain or snow which may continue into Friday.

Then it is expected to become much colder with winds turning northerly.

Snow is expected to reach low levels in time for the weekend however Deeside in Aberdeenshire is expected to be basked in the sun.

Amber “be prepared” alerts are in place for the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and areas of the western mainland for today, and “don’t travel” warnings have been issued.

And all Northlink sailings across the Pentland Firth to Orkney and Shetland have been suspended.

Scotrail has cancelled services between Inverness and Wick and Kyle, with no bus replacements services planned because of “the anticipated poor road conditions”.

Trains linking Mallaig, Fort William and Oban with Glasgow have also been cancelled.

The Met Office also issued yellow “be aware” weather warning for the rest of Scotland.