MET Office Issues Yellow Warnings For Scotland Amid Wintry Weather

The MET Office of Scotland has issued YELLOW weather warnings for the west coast, central belt, Highlands and islands and Dumfries and Galloway.

It is learned the Arctic blast could hit on Monday night and to continue into Tuesday morning too battering several areas with snow, hail and lightning.

The warnings were issued on Monday, March 20, marking the vernal equinox, which is the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

According to STV weatherman Sean Batty, additional 5cm of snow could be experienced on higher ground of Scotland amid the wintry weather.

Batty said, “On Monday, a deep, low pressure centre drifted across the far north of the country bringing strong and gusty winds and has helped to drag cold air in from the Arctic.”

He added the freezing level on Monday night to drop very low in some areas, even to -10C.

The warnings add motorists black ice could be formed on untreated surfaces and there will be transport disruption. The lightning could be an additional hazard on the roads.

However, Batty continued such snowfall was not unusual in this month of the year.

He said, “Although spring snow and cold weather seems to surprise a lot of people each year, it’s actually fairly common.”

In every March about three days of snow falling is seen in the central belt and in the highlands about eight days of such experience.

In late March 2013 snowfall occurred on Arran or Kintyre and the villages were cut off from other areas and thousands of homes were without power.