Scotland braced for -17C freeze
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