Snow forecast for Scotland this weekend as blizzards, sleet and ‘thunder’ hit

Scotland has been hit with heavy snowfall this week and the wintry weather is expected to last well into the weekend.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice on Friday as the rare phenomenon ‘the thunderstorm’ is expected to hit.

Sleet, hail and snow showers hit Scotland causing travel disruption and buildup on roads.

The road between Glasgow and Fenwick in Ayrshire has been particularly affected, with photos showing commuters battling through mountains of snow as transport bosses try to clear it.

Sandpits were deployed in force on Friday morning to keep roads clear, with the Met Office warning of slush conditions that could freeze into dangerous ice.

The forecaster also warned of gusty winds and the risk of lightning strikes from isolated thunderstorms in some coastal areas.

The Met Office’s yellow weather warning is expected to last until midday on Friday.

What to expect

Skiers and snowboarders at Glenshee Snowsports Centre, Cairnwell, Aberdeenshire

  • Travel delays on roads with a small chance of some vehicles and passengers being blocked, as well as delayed or canceled train and air travel
  • There is a low risk of power outages occurring and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, being affected
  • There is a small chance that some rural communities are isolated
  • Probably patches of ice on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths

Weather forecast for Scotland

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice


Heavy and windy winter showers affecting many areas, especially the west and northwest where the heaviest and most frequent showers, including some snow. Be cold.

The northern regions are struggling to get above the freezing point. Accompanied by cool north winds.

Friday night

The early evening showers are fading leaving spells clear for some time. Rain and windier conditions then spread across Scotland, with rain falling as snow in the northern hills for a time.

Very cold night. Heavy persistent rain from the west. Winter feeling on high ground with strong winds.


Early clouds and rain, at times heavy, clearing to the east. Brighter spells and showers, wintry on the hills, follow. Windy.

Sunday to Tuesday

Sunday dry and bright for many areas, although windy showers in the northwest. Clouds and rain reaching all areas through Monday, clearing to the southeast and thinning out to the northwest through Tuesday.

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Dale D. Schrum