Yellow weather warning issued as snow and ice expected across north and north-east

A yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, with snow and ice forecasted for the north and north-east today.

An ice warning was put in place from 10pm last night with forecasters warning that it will remain in place until 11am this morning.

There is also a risk of snow with showers expected around midday.

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The Met Office said: “The heaviest and most frequent snow will tend to be over hills and mountains as well as in northern coastal areas.

“Several centimetres of snow are expected over the Highlands and Grampian whilst at low levels snow cover will be smaller and patchier in nature with some places, especially coastal areas, seeing little lying snow.

“Conditions will also be windy and icy stretches are still expected where snow does not settle.”

Aberdeen City Council was on high alert yesterday, with gritters being deployed last night and expected to be out clearing streets again this morning.

Temperatures in Aberdeen were anticipated by forecasters to fall below zero, with the measures being put in place to ensure pavements and cycleways are treated around 7.30am.

Snow showers were also anticipated for the duration of the night, with patches of ice expected on roads and pavements today as a spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council advised locals to be “careful.”

She added: “Gritters will be out twice tonight on main roads and again early tomorrow morning as temperatures due to fall below 0C city-wide after 9pm.”

The warnings come after unexpected snow fell in the Western Isles yesterday, wreaking havoc for commuters.

Despite the relatively mild conditions, heavy rain turned to snow during the morning rush hour resulting in tricky road conditions and catching motorists off guard.

Three car smashes occurred on the main road south of Stornoway, with police advising motorists not to travel until the roads had been serviced.

Western Isles Council rushed out gritters to spread salt on snow-covered roads but many ended up being stuck in queues of stationary and slow-moving vehicles.

A council spokesman said: “An unforecast snowfall led to traffic congestion on Lewis roads

“Temperatures dropped suddenly and the forecast heavy rain turned to snow.”

Preventative measures were also being put in place by Moray Council with its fleet of gritters anticipating a busy night, as temperatures today are expected to fall as low as -5C in Tomintoul.

Bear Scotland also announced plans for 34 of its gritters to serve the trunk road network in the north-west overnight.