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Warning of significant snow to come in Badenoch and Strathspey

By Gavin Musgrove

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The Yellow weather warning issued for snow tonight.
The Yellow weather warning issued for snow tonight.

The third of three weather warnings from the Met Office linked to Storm Christoph is expected to bring in even heavier snowfall throughout tomorrow.

Three warnings for snow were issued by forecasters with the first expiring at rush hour this morning – but not before it brought further wintry scenes to the strath with 5cm of snowfall.

It has continued to snow on and off for most of this afternoon.

The second alert, also for snow and ice, is currently in force and runs until 11.59pm.

It is warning of one to two centimetres of further snow at lower levels and up to 5cm on the highest routes.

But it is the third, which follows immediately on from the second and runs throughout all of Thursday, that is likely to cause the most disruption - amid warnings of up to 40cm of snow on the highest routes overnight

However even low levels could see five to 10 centimetres of snow in some places.

Commenting on tonight’s third warning, 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.”

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