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.

Snow fell behind Edinburgh Castle in Scotland as Hurricane Younes swept across the UK.

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 in Aberdeenshire have been closed due to heavy snowfall forecast.

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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 falling on high ground and more than 5 centimeters elsewhere, Scottish Mountain Rescue has warned of “dangerous conditions”, including the possibility of an avalanche.

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

With the advent of Hurricane Younes on FridayStrong winds will blow over the hills and snowfall is likely at lower levels, which means that the forecast of avalanches 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.

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.

Network Rail Scotland has announced that it has five locomotives equipped with ice plows to be used as needed, it is rapidly spraying de-icer at key junctions and to deal with any problems. Additional staff will be deployed.

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.

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