More snow for Britain this weekend before the cold ends | Daily News Byte

More snow for Britain this weekend before the cold ends

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Snow causes chaos in Scotland

Heavy snow has disrupted travel and schools have been closed due to wintry conditions in Scotland.

Much of mainland Scotland is covered by a Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice, while an amber alert for snow in the central belt ended at midday on Friday.

Police Scotland has issued a travel warning for the whole of Scotland and advised people to travel with caution, with icy conditions affecting many roads.

Glasgow Airport’s runway was closed during the morning while air passengers were also affected as snow and ice cleared. It was reopened at around 11.30 am.

Many schools across the country were closed due to the weather, including some in Aberdeenshire, the Highlands and Perth and Kinross.

In Shetland, engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes that lost power on Monday afternoon after heavy snow brought down lines.

Traffic Scotland said on Friday morning that snow was affecting several major trunk roads and urged people to drive with caution.

A yellow warning of snow and ice is in place on the mainland until 9pm on Friday, while a yellow warning of snow has been issued for central and southern Scotland, north east and north west England, the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and most areas. Humber and Wales from 9pm on Friday until mid-morning on Saturday.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution said that as of 1pm on Friday, around 1,600 properties in Waugh, Brae and parts of the West Mainland in Shetland remained without power.

Following the arrival of additional crews and equipment, about 150 engineers are now battling snow and ice to rebuild overhead power lines and reconnect properties to the network.

Mark MacDonald, regional head of SSEN Distribution, said: “Teams of engineers have been out in force since first light this morning to continue restoring homes and businesses across Shetland.”

SSEN said it expects to continue making progress over the next 48 hours and aims to restore most supplies by Sunday.

However it is expected that some small clusters of properties in the West Mainland, particularly west of Bixter, will be reconnected on Monday.

Keith Brown, Scottish minister for resilience, visited Shetland on Thursday to chair a resilience meeting with community members and energy firm bosses.

He said: “The situation in the west of Shetland is extremely difficult for many people and businesses without power.

“Everyone reaches out and helps each other, from checking on vulnerable members of the community, to making food and keeping each other’s spirits up. It’s truly extraordinary.”

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