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Badenoch & Strathspey warned to expect snow on Monday after Met Office issues two weather warnings for parts of the Highlands

By Philip Murray

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HIGHLANDERS are being warned to expect further potentially disruptive snowfall.

The Met Office has issued a new yellow warning for Monday, amid forecasts that almost four inches of snow may fall on the highest routes.

The alert comes into force at 9am on Monday and will remain in place until 8pm that evening. It covers parts of Caithness, as well as eastern Sutherland, Easter and Mid Ross, the Black Isle, Inverness, Loch Ness, and Badenoch & Strathspey among others.

"Outbreaks of rain will turn to snow across North Highland during the morning, then parts of Strathspey, Moray and western Aberdeenshire in the afternoon," said a Met Office spokesman. "This is likely to bring 2-5cm on higher ground above 150m and perhaps up to 10cm on highest roads above 300m, while 1 or 2cm could accumulate at low levels in places.

"Drier, clearer conditions following from the north in the afternoon and evening will then lead to a freeze and some icy stretches."

The areas covered by the two warnings. Picture: Met Office.
The areas covered by the two warnings. Picture: Met Office.

The snow warning will follow on from an earlier rain alert for western parts of the Highlands, as the weather front which ultimately brings snow is initially expected to dump heavy and persistent rainfall on some areas. It is feared this could cause some localised flooding, as lying snow partially thaws.

This earlier alert will come into force at 6pm tonight (Sunday) and covers western parts of Sutherland, Wester Ross, and Lochaber, as well as parts of the Great Glen, and down through Glencoe, to Loch Lomond, and the Cowal peninsula in Argyll & Bute.

The Met Office forecaster added: "Rain will become persistent and heavy at times during Sunday, continuing on Monday. Rainfall accumulations of 60 to 80mm are expected over high ground. In addition, there will be a thaw of lying snow adding to the flooding and travel difficulties. The rain will turn back to snow on high ground from the north later on Monday before clearing."

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