May 28, 2022

There is a weather warning for snowfall from the Met Office between 3am and 6pm on Friday, while wind warnings surround the southwestern Scottish borders, including most parts of Dumfries and Galway.

Snow is forecast for most parts of mainland Scotland, south of Inverness and Fort William, and travel will be disrupted on Friday morning.

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The M8 was closed to the east at Junction 5 due to heavy snowfall, and Traffic Scotland tweeted that there were reports of vehicles getting stuck on the A68 near Sutra.

Motorcyclists face difficult driving conditions and schools are closed in some parts of Scotland due to Hurricane Younes.

Beer Scotland Northwest Trunk Roads reported heavy snowfall on the Northwest Network, including A83 Rest And Be Thankful, A82 Glencoe, A85 Glen Ogle, and A889 Catlodge.

More than 30 schools were closed in Aberdeenshire due to heavy snowfall forecasts, while some schools in Angus and Inverclid were closed.

Ferry passengers were also disrupted on Friday due to bad weather.

Caledonian MacBrayne said some services were responsible for interruption or cancellation on short notice due to circumstances.

Hurricane Younes follows strong winds from Hurricane Dudley, which caused significant disruption to rail and ferry services, and trees were blown off train tracks and overhead power lines.

Scotland’s Deputy Prime Minister John Sweeney said he was chairing a meeting of the Scottish Government’s flexible team and that Hurricane Younes was threatening “snow and strong winds in most parts of Scotland on Friday and in southwestern Scotland”. “There is a risk of coastal flooding.”

He added: “Please follow all the advice and travel only if it is safe to do so.”

With more than 20 centimeters of snow on high ground and more than 5 centimeters elsewhere, Scottish Mountain Rescue has warned of “dangerous conditions”, including the possibility of avalanches.

The organization’s vice chairman, Q Mitchell, said: “The weekend forecast is very volatile and sometimes dangerous.

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“With the arrival of Hurricane Younis on Friday, strong winds will blow over the hills and snowfall is likely at lower levels, which means the avalanche forecast is likely to get worse.

“Good decision-making is key in these situations and often the decision not to go, even if it is correct, is the most difficult to make.”

Expert mountain weather forecasts are forecasting strong winds or hurricane-force winds in the highlands until next week, with snow, rain and hail expected for most days.

Ben Gibson, Scotland’s mountaineering safety adviser, said: “With such severe weather forecasts, it is important that you plan your trip rather than go for long-term intentions.

“Check out expert mountain predictions and what the Scottish Avalonch Information Service says, and take an honest look at your fitness and skill levels – and those of your party – and consider whether your plan The path taken is really achievable or you have to adapt. Make this or a completely different plan. “

Despite the snowfall forecast, ScotRail said it did not expect Hurricane Younis to be as disruptive as Hurricane Dudley, but it has already announced that some trains will not run.

Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Arbroth and from Montreux to Aberdeen will not run because the set of points on the line that allow trains to derail have not been fitted with heaters, meaning they can freeze and get stuck.

David Simpson, Scotland Alliance’s director of operations, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program after 8am: “Services are running very well at the moment, we have a full timetable on most routes. It’s working and it’s working. “

Network Rail Scotland has announced that it has five locomotives equipped with ice plows for use as needed. It is rapidly spraying de-icing at key junctions and additional staff will be deployed to deal with any issues.

The Met Office’s Yellow Alert for Friday warns of possible delays in road travel, with potentially stranded vehicles and passengers, with delayed or canceled train and air travel, and a slight chance. That some rural communities may be temporarily cut off.

Predictors say power outages are unlikely and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, could be affected.

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