Scot­land braced for -17C freeze

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Europe’s big freeze is com­ing to Scot­land – with a month-long chill from Tues­day bring­ing wide­spread snow, lows down to -17C and travel chaos.

At least 17 peo­ple have been killed as snow hit the con­ti­nent, with skiers dy­ing in Aus­tria and Nor­way, states of emer­gency de­clared in Ger­many, an avalanche hit­ting a ho­tel in Switzer­land and even Greece see­ing -23C.

The Met Of­fice said some of Europe’s bit­ter air is set to reach Scot­land.

The cold starts on Tues­day night, with snow ex­pected on Thurs­day, be­com­ing wide­spread at the week­end.

The Met Of f ice said “al­most any­where” could see snow, with colder-thanaver­age con­di­tions fore­cast un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary.

Snow and ice are set to hit roads, rail­ways and air­ports.

Night-time min­i­mums of -14C are pos­si­ble, with 3 to 5C day­time highs for most of Scot­land after mid­week.

Lows down to -17C were fore­cast by The Weather Com­pany.

The Met Of­fice said the cause of last win­ter’s Beast from the East hap­pened again over Christ­mas.

High-al­ti­tude North Pole air tem­per­a­tures in­creased rapidly. Known as a “sud­den strato­spheric warm­ing”, it of­ten shunts cold air to Scot­land via the con­ti­nent sev­eral weeks later.

Met Of f ice fore­caster Steven Keates said: “The UK turns colder due to po­lar air from Tues­day night. Some cold air amass­ing in Europe is likely to win out and ar­rive in the fol­low­ing week.”

AVALANCHE Swiss Alps ho­tel on Fri­day

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