Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Regions braced for snow and rain

People enjoy the snow in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

Parts of Scotland are braced for more snow showers, with heavy downpours set to continue into the weekend.

Forecasters predicted areas north of the border would see snow flurries, with up to 4ins (10cm) over higher ground.

Drivers across Scotland and Northern Ireland were warned to expect icy road conditions following overnight rain, sleet and snow.

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings of heavy snow for several regions, including the Highlands, Grampian, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, plus south west Scotland, Lothian and Borders. Wet weather was expected to spread to parts of Wales and England, with windy conditions in the south.

Billy Payne, of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said on Friday: "Across northern England, the snow will turn to rain, but there will still be some snow showers over parts of Scotland.

"The snow will continue to push northwards overnight giving 2-5cm of snow over southern Scotland, with 10cm over the higher ground. To the south over England, there will be mostly rain and showers overnight with some quite heavy downpours. It will also be quite windy in the south east."

She added: "Tomorrow the snow is still going to be around over south and east Scotland, gradually pulling away over the day to become brighter, but remaining in some parts. We could see some wintry showers over west and north England, with rain, sleet and snow mostly in Northern Ireland."

Sub zero temperatures of between -5 to -10C were expected to remain across Scotland overnight, rising to between 1 - 4C on Saturday, with milder temperatures of around 9C in southern England.

Earlier on Friday a band of wintry showers of snow and sleet spread north and east from Wales and the Midlands to northern England before hitting southern Scotland causing disruption on the roads. Southern England experienced heavy rain, with the South West and West Country bearing the brunt.

The AA reported a busy day for breakdowns due to adverse weather conditions, with calls up 70% as drivers became stuck in the snow. The organisation said it had attended around 12,000 call outs by 4pm, above its normal 9,500 Friday rate and ahead of the evening rush hour, with 16,500 expected by the end of the day. Its 'snow-busting' Land Rovers worked alongside the regular patrol force to rescue 89 cars stuck in snow, with the busiest areas reported in Leeds, Bradford, Aberdeen and other areas of north east Scotland.

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