Prepare for snow and ice

19th December, 2014

Well who would have thought it? Just a week to go until Christmas and yesterday some areas in the south enjoyed temperatures of around 13 degrees Celsius. This has come about due to a tropical maritime air mass from the Atlantic which has brought with it warm moist air, rain and milder conditions in recent days.

Did You Know? 13 degrees Celsius may sound tropical for December, but the highest temperature ever record in December was 18.3 degrees Celsius at Achnashellach in Scotland on the 2nd December 1948!

At the same time we have seen much drier and colder conditions further north, especially in Scotland and as a result the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the possibility of snow and ice in the days ahead. These warnings cover the following areas:

  • Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • Grampian
  • Strathclyde
  • Central, Tayside & Fife

The Chief Forecaster at the Met Office predicts that a cold and unstable west to north-westerly flow which became established in Scotland late on Thursday evening will persist through until the early hours of Saturday morning. We are therefore expecting to see frequent snow, sleet and hail showers, with approximately 2 to 5cm of snow settling on ground above 200m and 10cm or more settling on ground above 400m. At the time of writing this the warning will remain in place until 06:00 on Saturday 20th December.

Yellow Weather Warnings

A yellow weather warning indicates that the public should be aware of the possibility of severe weather affecting them in the coming days. As a result it is recommended that people plan ahead and take into consideration possible delays and disruption to their day-to-day activities. The Met Office therefore recommends that the public keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for conditions to worsen in the days ahead.

Keep Up to Date

To ensure that the public receive the latest weather warnings, the Met Office provides alerts through their National Severe Weather Warning Service. You can check the latest weather information by:

  • Checking local weather forecasts
  • Visiting the Met Office website at
  • Following the Met Office on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Google+

We know that many of you will be preparing to take a break for Christmas, but our team will continue working throughout the festive period to ensure that our clients are protected from any threat that which may arise from snow and ice.

We would however like to wish all our clients and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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