"A SEVERE weather warning for snow which could make higher roads hazardous was issued today by the Met Office.
It said accumulations of up to 20cm (8in) were likely, mainly above 400m but possibly as low as 300m, with drifting caused by strong easterly winds.
Main routes which could be affected include the A9 around the Drumochter pass, the A82 north of Tyndrum and the A87 west of Invergarry. The agency warned: “The public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions on higher roads.
“In addition, conditions are likely to be hazardous for those out on the hills and mountains, whilst heavy rain at lower elevations may lead to surface water on roads.”
Heavy rain is forecast to spread north east across Scotland tonight, with snow above 300m and drifting caused by strong easterly winds.
A Met Office spokesman said: “An active front will encounter cold air as it pushes into Scotland, with rain turning to snow over high ground.
“Winds will increase, gusting to over 50mph on hills, and causing snow to drift.
“There is a fair amount of uncertainty about just how low snow will penetrate, and whether it will affect road levels.”" via IceAgeNow.info
Image caption: "A Yellow snow warning for Scotland has been issued which may affect parts of the A9. Picture: PA"
March 20, 2000, "Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past," Independent UK, by Charles Onians
"According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event."
"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said....But very little research has been done on the cultural implications of climate change - into the possibility, for example, that our notion of Christmas might have to shift....David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually "feel" virtual cold.
Heavy snow will return occasionally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unprepared. "We're really going to get caught out. Snow will probably cause chaos in 20 years time," he said. The chances are certainly now stacked against the sort of heavy snowfall in cities that inspired Impressionist painters, such as Sisley, and the 19th century poet laureate Robert Bridges, who wrote in "London Snow" of it, "stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying". Not any more, it seems."