UPDATE: Storm Christoph snow warning extended by Met Office; area covered by yellow alert now not only covers Badenoch & Strathspey but also Inverness, Loch Ness and swathes of Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland and up to Caithness
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A SNOW warning has been extended to cover most of the Highlands later this week, amid fears from the Met Office that the tail end of Storm Christoph could cause disruption.
The forecaster revised an earlier warning for snow and ice on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.
It will now come into force at 12.01am on Thursday instead but will not only cover an extended 24 hour window, but has also been rolled out to cover much more of the Highlands than it previously did.
The original warning extended as far west as the Monadhliath Mountains and Nairnshire – but will now cover huge swathes of Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland and up to Caithness.
Warning that the snow is now more likely to have a disruptive impact, a Met Office spokesman said: “An area of rain associated with Storm Christoph will push in from the northeast, turning readily to snow away from coasts and at even modest elevation.
“Snow accumulations of 5-10cm are possible in places at low levels whilst 10-15cm is likely above around 200m with perhaps 30-40cm above 400m.
“Along north facing coasts and particularly north Aberdeenshire the precipitation will stay as rain with widely 20-30mm of rain falling during the period and a few sites perhaps seeing around 50mm.
“In addition strong winds will develop through Thursday with gusts of 60mph along the north facing coasts perhaps an additional hazard.
“These stronger winds will also lead to very poor conditions where snow falls with blizzard conditions at times over higher ground. Inland from the coast with wet snow likely this may lead to icing on infrastructure, such as power lines.”