Met Offices urgent 15-hour snow and ice warning as four UK regions affected

The Met Office has issued an urgent weather warning for snow and ice just hours before Christmas, in northern parts of Britain.

The yellow alert is in place for four regions of the UK between 9pm on Friday, December 22 and 12 noon the following day. The areas affected are Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Central, Tayside and Fife, and Orkney and Shetland.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Snow is expected to develop across north and northeast Scotland during Friday night before gradually turning to rain during Saturday. Initially, snow will be reserved for hills above around 200 metres, but through the night snow is likely to fall to lower levels for a time.

“With cold air slowly being replaced by milder air from the southwest, there is some uncertainty in accumulations across the warning area. However, some low-level locations may see 2-5 cm, whilst accumulations of 10-15 cm are likely to be reserved for higher ground above around 200 metres. An additional albeit temporary hazard will be the chance of ice mainly over higher ground as snow turns to rain.”

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