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Weather warning for snow and ice in Badenoch and Strathspey is extended well into Hogmanay; newly-updated alert from the Met Office has also been expanded to cover almost all of the Highland Council region


By Philip Murray

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The newly-revised warning will now remain in place for longer and extends further south. Picture: Met Office.
The newly-revised warning will now remain in place for longer and extends further south. Picture: Met Office.

A SNOW and ice warning for the Highlands has been extended well into Hogmanay.

The Met Office warning, which had been expected to run until midnight tonight, will now run until 11am on Thursday – and the area covered by it has also been extended further south to encompass a wider Highland area.

The revised warning follows heavy overnight snow showers in parts of the Highlands, with some key roads left in a treacherous condition.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Northerly winds will bring further showers of rain, sleet and snow across the north of Northern Ireland as well as northern and western Scotland.

"Snow accumulations will mostly be confined to ground above 100m away from coasts, but some temporary slushy deposits are possible to low levels at times. One to three centimetres is likely to accumulate above 100m, and as much as 5-10cm above 250m, this mostly across high ground of Scotland.

"Ice will form readily as temperatures quickly fall away rapidly through both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings."

The newly-revised warning covers all of Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Lochalsh, Inverness-shire, Nairn-shire, the whole of the Great Glen, Lochaber, and the Cairngorms. It also covers all of the Hebrides.

A separate snow and ice warning, which had initially pushed up to the Moray Firth coast, has been shifted slightly further south by today's revised alert. This one will now extend as far north as the northern tip of Loch Ericht at Dalwhinnie. It will be in force from 6pm on Wednesday until 2pm on Hogmanay.

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