Residents of Great Britain and Ireland are facing the onslaught of winter. The most difficult situation is in northern Scotland, where several hundred schools have been closed due to heavy snowfall, and the temperature may drop to values not recorded for years. Weather alerts are in effect in many places.
On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the temperature in the north of Scotland dropped to -14 degrees Celsius, which is slightly lower than forecast by meteorologists, who predicted on Tuesday that it could be -15 degrees, which would be the lowest temperature in January in 14 years. However, this is still possible, because forecasts say that even -18 degrees is possible on the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
The British Met Office raised the alert level for northern Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland archipelagos from yellow to orange on Wednesday. It will be in force at least until early evening on Thursday. An orange alert means possible disruptions to road, rail and air transport, including the risk of cars getting stuck in snowdrifts on the roads, as well as possible power outages and a high probability of cutting off some towns from the world.
Several hundred schools were closed
The Met Office also warns that snow cover in high-lying areas of north-east Scotland could exceed 40 centimeters by Friday evening. Currently, the thickest snow cover is in the largest city of Shetland, Lerwick, and it amounts to 23 cm.
In Scotland, several hundred schools are closed due to snow, including all in Shetland and Orkney.
Alerts in many other places
The yellow alert due to snow, which was introduced on Tuesday in northern England, northern Wales and almost all of Northern Ireland, was extended to additional areas on Wednesday – to southwestern and eastern England and western Wales.
Another warning – due to expected strong winds – was issued by the Met Office for Sunday. It applies to all of Scotland, all of Wales and the west of England.
A yellow alert for snow, ice and low temperatures is also in force until Thursday noon throughout the Republic of Ireland.
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