SCOTTISH roads were closed and cars stuck in the snow as the wintry conditions continue throughout the weekend.
Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across most of Scotland and parts of northern England and Wales on Saturday, and again on Sunday, as well as eastern parts of Northern Ireland.
In Edinburgh motors had to be abandoned amid the extreme weather. And the capital’s Murrayfield, where Scotland faced Wales in the Six Nations, was blanketed by the white stuff.
The local council shared incredible pictures of the amount of snow dumped in the city overnight.
A spokesperson said: “Snow drifts at Harlaw Rd, leading to Harlaw car park, and Bavelaw Rd at the Pentlands, mean the roads aren’t passable right now.
“Our roads team are currently clearing the but please don’t try to use these roads if you’re out walking this morning.”
And a sledging incident sparked a large scale emergency services response to Arthur Seat in the capital.
The Scottish Ambulance Service, including paramedics and incident support teams as well as the park ranger responded after the alarm was raised at around 12:00pm.
It’s understood a man in his 30s was injured after he hit a rock whilst sledging at the beauty spot.
Meanwhile cops in the Highlands warned motorists of treacherous conditions first thing.
A spokesperson for the force said: “Police Scotland are advising that the B874 between Thurso and Wick is closed due to drifting snow.
“Motorists should use the Glengolly Road which is passable at this time.”
Milder conditions are on the way after a week of record-breaking cold, according to the Met Office.
Blizzards are forecast to sweep across Northern Ireland on Saturday, with wind speeds reaching 40mph in coastal areas.
Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “Blizzard conditions will really significantly reduce visibility when driving.
“We have gusts in the region of 35mph to 40mph on the coast and nearly 30mph inland.”
Loch Glascarnoch, near Garve in northern Scotland, recorded the lowest temperature in the UK on Friday night at minus 6.5C The mercury dropped to minus 5.8C overnight at Pennerley in Shropshire, minus 5.6C at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, South Wales, and minus 1.7C in Killylane, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average, this will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea.
“Where temperatures were close to freezing in many places last week, we could expect to see 11C or 12C next week.
“There are still some wintry hazards to get through over the next few days, with low temperatures, strong winds and further snow especially in Northern Ireland.”
Parts of the Thames also froze over in the south of the capital, with the RNLI sharing an image of the ice in Teddington. Public Health England (PHE) has extended its cold weather alert through the weekend and has urged people to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
Dr Owen Landeg, group leader for extreme events and health protection at PHE, said: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“Make a call, or socially-distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to heat their home to at least 18C, 64.4F, and to keep up to date with the forecast.
“It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need.”
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