Highlands & Islands

Met Office in snow and ice warning for Scotland

The Met Office has warned that wintry weather could cause disruption to travel in some parts of Scotland.

It has issued a yellow "be aware" alert covering parts of the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Tayside.

Snow and ice was suspected to be the cause of an accident where a nine-year-old boy was struck by a car in Castletown, Caithness.

One of the boy's legs was broken below the knee and he was taken to a GP for treatment after the incident.

Police said roads in Badenoch, Easter Ross, Wester Ross and Sutherland were affected by ice and light coverings of snow.

Forecasters said snow could fall to depths of 10cm (3in) on ground above 150m (492ft) and to 15cm (5in) above 300m (984ft).

The north and north west could have occasional heavy snow showers.

Ice may also affect some areas, the Met Office said.

The yellow alert covers 00:00 to 23:59 on Thursday.

The Met Office said: "Frequent and occasionally heavy snow showers are likely across the north and northwest of Scotland on Thursday, particularly on high ground.

"Drifting is likely in strong westerly winds. At low levels some temporary deposits of snow are possible, mainly in the far north.

"Icy surfaces will be an additional hazard, including at low levels, where surfaces freeze following showers of a wintry mix.

"The public should be aware of possible disruption to transport."

The warning has been flagged up by Northern Constabulary.

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