Edinburgh weather: New yellow warning issued for Edinburgh and Lothians as ice could cause travel disruption

The Met Office has issued a further yellow weather warning of ice which will affect the east of Scotland this afternoon into tomorrow morning.

The Met Office has issued a further yellow weather warning of ice which will affect the east of Scotland this afternoon into tomorrow morning.
The Met Office has issued a further yellow weather warning of ice which will affect the east of Scotland this afternoon into tomorrow morning.

The weather forecaster has said that icy stretches are likely to cause difficult travel conditions in the affected areas.

Areas affected include Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire.

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Areas across England will also be affected.

The Met Office has predicted that the icy conditions will begin at 4 pm this afternoon, January 4, and will continue until 11 am tomorrow morning, January 5.

In the affected areas, some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are expected with some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths developing.

A Met Office Spokesperson said: “Icy patches are expected to develop, especially on untreated surfaces, with showers feeding in from east coasts leaving surfaces wet.

"There is also the chance of some freezing rain, mainly for northeast England, overnight into Tuesday. Further snow is also likely mostly for hills above 200-300 m. Some small accumulations are possible with southeast Scotland and northeast England most at risk. Here 2-5 cm is possible in places above 300 m and 10 cm above 400 m though ice looks likely to be the main hazard."

Traffic Scotland has advised motorists to drive with care.

Police Scotland has already reported several collisions as a result of the icy conditions and commented: “If you need to drive then give yourself extra time, slow down & check our website for advice before heading off.”

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