Icy blast of winter set to arrive with snow predicted

Snow predicted particularly on higher ground (pic: Lesley Ann Parker)

JUST WEEKS AFTER Moray was basking in very unseasonal warm sunshine forecasters are predicting the icy blast of winter this weekend.

A warning has been issued by the Met Office that the entire north of Scotland can expect near-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls from later today and into Saturday.

The forecasters say that north residents should expect up to 4cm of snow at low levels overnight tonight – with those living on higher ground likely to experience up to 10cm.

However, while snowfall and high winds will affect the entire region, Moray may be one of the least affected areas with a spokesman from the Met Office saying: “Moray will be less affected but there should still be some snowfalls – the further west the better for those wishing to avoid the snow.

“Higher ground throughout the region will be see the heavier snowfalls. There will be drifting in strong gale force north and north-westerly winds, with gusts of up to 60mph bringing a short period of blizzard conditions to the highest routes later on Friday evening and overnight into Saturday.”

The more persistent snow will have cleared, the Met Office say, by Saturday morning but will make way for ice that will again be a particular danger to motorist over higher routes.

“Motorists should be aware of the likelihood that they will face some difficult driving conditions and some travel disruption,” the Met Office warning added.