Friday, February 1st 2013, 8:09 AM EST
SCOTLAND is braced for fresh snow today after being battered by 78mph winds and torrential downpours.
Yesterday’s hurricane-force winds caused power cuts and travel chaos across the country.
Now forecasters warn Arctic winds will sweep Scotland today, bringing two inches of snow to north and easterly areas.
Yesterday, winds buffeted vehicles and caused a second day’s power cuts, with 1,100 properties in the west of the country cut off for up to 18 hours.
Half the population of Oban lost electricity, with 800 properties hit.
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution hoped to reconnect all properties by last night.
A spokeswoman said: “Engineers were straight out to work on the faults.” Winds hit 78mph in Macrihanish, Argyll, and Cairnwell, south of Braemar.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warned of flooding as heavy rain and snow fell in the northern Central Belt and southern Highlands.
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Met Office forecasters said Arctic winds will arrive this afternoon bringing overnight snowfalls of up to two inches and possible travel disruption.
Temperatures are expected to fall as low as 3C tomorrow, with milder weather not returning until Sunday.
A Sepa spokesman said: “River levels in the central area are high after rainfall and snow melt, and Thursday’s rainfall will prolong flooding impacts, and may cause localised disruption.”
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: “Cold air from a polar origin is expected to bring snow to eastern Scotland on Friday daytime and Saturday.
“It will feel much colder than midweek.
“Other parts will be sunny but colder, before milder, cloudy weather and rain returns for Sunday.”
Other parts of the UK face up to a month’s worth of rain before the weekend, with warnings of severe floods and travel chaos.
Forecasters said a fierce storm system was due to tear in from the Atlantic overnight.
Source Link: express.co.uk
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