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Wintry showers causing icy stretches of roads and pavements says the UK Met Office.

Snow showers were becoming more extensive over parts of Scotland and northwest England early today (Sunday November 28).

Highland region and the Western Isles are on a Yellow Warning for snow and ice. 

 Wintry showers will continue into Sunday around northern and eastern Scotland and the eastern side of England.

These showers will fall as snow on hills and a mix of rain, sleet and snow to lower levels. Further small snow accumulations are possible.

These showers, as well as existing lying snow, will cause also icy stretches.

Meanwhile, during the early hours of Sunday and Sunday morning some more widespread snow will move southwards across Scotland into northwest England.

This snowfall will probably only last for an hour or two, but is likely to produce further, small accumulations of snow.

This was the view around 8.15am from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Clisham camera 

Meanwhile Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) remains at red alert status for its north of Scotland area following the impact of Storm Arwen.SSEN’s teams continue to prioritise faults which will restore as many customers as possible, as well as faults affecting key sites and support for Priority Services Register customers.

The good chance that the West of Scotland had as Storm Arwen moved eastward on Friday was shown by SSEN's figure of power restored to 63,000 customers as at 8pm last night.

Due to the extent of damage caused on both the high voltage and low voltage networks, with multiple instances of damage on overhead circuits, as well as continued difficulty gaining access to some faults, a significant number of customers will remain off supply overnight. The main affected locations were:

  • Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar, due to extensive tree related damage on the overhead electricity transmission network in the area.
  • Glenshee, with access hampered due to the closure of snow gates.  A helicopter is on standby to fly the line first thing tomorrow to assess damage and support restoration efforts, with welfare support, including volunteers from our resilience partners British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue, on standby as soon as access is possible.
  • Kemnay and Whitehouse which has experienced multiple instances of damage on a single circuit, including 10 damaged poles as a result of tree damage.
  • Mossat and Strathdon, due to multiple tree related faults, the extent of which will be fully assessed in the morning to inform restoration times.
  • Parts of rural Moray, including customers in Cullen, Dufftown, Fochabers, Huntly, Insch, Limehillocks, Marnoch and Rothes, again due to significant damage to the overhead line supplying the area.

Some customers in the following areas will also likely remain off supply overnight:

  • Bonskeid, Coshieville, Errol, Gleneagles, Killin, Maryton, Milnathort, Redgorton, Turriff

 

SSEN was working closely with local resilience partners to help coordinate its response by activating established resilience plans and provide support to customers affected. The following welfare facilities were established to support those customers who will unfortunately remain off supply overnight, with hot food and drinks served until 10pm tonight and breakfast from 7am tomorrow:

  • Killin, Main Street near the Town Hall
  • Kirriemuir, near Bon Scott Statue
  • Cullen, beach front
  • Keith, Curry Contractors Yard (outskirts of Keith)
  • Kintore, in the square            
  • Turriff, Tesco car park
  • Tarland, in the square           

A Rest Centre was also being established in Ballater at the Victoria and Albert Hall to provide welfare support for customers who remain off supply in surrounding areas. A hot food van was also being provided, serving meals until 10pm and breakfast from 7am.