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Reporting in @Hawesy, such a direct easterly is pretty hopeless for here, needed more NE-erly direction, so a totty 8 to 10 cm of very blown cover. Currently snowing and cold though, not above -8c since afternoon yesterday. Further north of Inverness, Tain/Lairg etc has taken a hammering from streamers. 

You guys in the south/south east Scotland aren't done yet, think I heard a forecaster say up to 30cm more for some areas over next 48hrs

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This will get lost amid the avalanche of posts....scuse the pun. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN 7 AND A BIT YEARS I HAVE A MEASURABLE SNOWFALL!  Only a cm mind but a landmar

Let's just start with the money shot - both the ECM and the GFS agree that, as of Wednesday 12pm, the upper air temperatures will be sitting at -14/-15C over most of Scotland, the wind will be pretty

We had a bit of a struggle to get to the hospital this morning, the bus was 20 mins late and the taxi got fed up waiting and had gone. But we got there and hubby had the op, it's not cancer it's just

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Further slight snow accumulation overnight.  The showers are now pepping up with more on the way, it seems. Temp -6C on the patio and a very gusty wind.

Took doggie for a "trip" round the garden earlier, fire on and now enjoying a warming bowl of porridge. I'll be staying put today, I think.

On a sad note, I found a wee perished Siskin lying on the patio yesterday.  A reminder to keep feeders topped up. I'm going to have a bash at concocting a "heated" water bowl later on....:D

 

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We got hammered here overnight.   Was up at 2am and couldn't see across the road it was snowing so hard.   Lightning every few seconds too.

Drifts everywhere, impossible to measure depth, but it is considerable.   Drift halfway up the back door!

Above and beyond @Hawesy. Can't define any more than that i'm afraid!:laugh:

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4 minutes ago, Blitzen said:

We got hammered here overnight.   Was up at 2am and couldn't see across the road it was snowing so hard.   Lightning every few seconds too.

Drifts everywhere, impossible to measure depth, but it is considerable.   Drift halfway up the back door!

Exact same here at 2am. Currently chucking it down. Intensity way better than yesterday. 

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24 minutes ago, CatchMyDrift said:

Showers have been on and off this morning. This is the main road almost a mile away from my house:

Crazy, mental, insane!!

Walked to that postbox with the family yesterday. Daughter built a snow hole in the drifts! Glad to get back in the end, bitterly cold. More snow overnight. Amazing.

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I take it that all available gritters were deployed to the motorways last night?   Roads round here are all impacted.  Traffic sparse.

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Just been out having a chat with the neighbours - no-one has made it out the street including myself. Cars just sitting all over the place and roads covered with drifting snow - truly incredible.

Back in the kitchen to make a wee cup of tea! Lovely view! 

 

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Morning all, a question for you guys....how accurate was the red alert issued yesterday? Was the specified area accurate, or larger/smaller than predicted? Asking because we've been issued with one down here, I'm about 20 miles outside the zone but as I have places to be etc, I'm wondering if I need to re-think some stuff. Don't worry, I'm not a total loon, I have a Landy not a little town car.

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I actually have to go into work today although not before the red warning is removed at 10am. It's a really strange scene looking out my front window, there are dunes of smooth powdery snow lying as if it has been untouched. Nobody appears to have ventured outside and I would imagine that's the case across most of the Central Belt.

Really can't recall such a pasting of snow here, so relentless and intense at times. Then when there's a lull and you think it's going to clear up, within seconds you're enveloped again. There was the Nov 2010 event that people mentioned, but I don't recall that 1) lasting so long, and 2) being so intense. It has been snowing intermittently here since Tuesday night! Some places it's barely stopped!

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13 minutes ago, Blitzen said:

I take it that all available gritters were deployed to the motorways last night?   Roads round here are all impacted.  Traffic sparse.

Hardly anything moving here either. Plenty of duvet days being taken.

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9 minutes ago, jethro said:

Morning all, a question for you guys....how accurate was the red alert issued yesterday? Was the specified area accurate, or larger/smaller than predicted? Asking because we've been issued with one down here, I'm about 20 miles outside the zone but as I have places to be etc, I'm wondering if I need to re-think some stuff. Don't worry, I'm not a total loon, I have a Landy not a little town car.

If you are 20 miles outside the zone consider yourself as part of it. Even if it doesn't affect you quite so bad at least you'll be prepared.

I was just inside the red zone here in the centre of Glasgow - the shpe of the zone almost missed parts of the city out but I can't imagine conditions are radically different. I was walking home in a blizzard about 45 minutes before the warning began and it seemed quite dangerous then - little to no visibility, driving cold wind. It was certainly warranted - it had the effect of clearing the streets in Glasgow, most employers sending staff home early and people remaining safe in their homes. If the working day had continued anything like approaching normal there would have been carnage, and far more repeats of the M80 incident. 

EDIT: Have a good think whether you really have places to be that warrant driving around whilst there's a red met office warning. If you're providing an essential service then fine, otherwise I'd strongly suggest that whatever place you need to be can wait for you.

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9 minutes ago, jethro said:

Morning all, a question for you guys....how accurate was the red alert issued yesterday? Was the specified area accurate, or larger/smaller than predicted? Asking because we've been issued with one down here, I'm about 20 miles outside the zone but as I have places to be etc, I'm wondering if I need to re-think some stuff. Don't worry, I'm not a total loon, I have a Landy not a little town car.

Spot on and we're used to snow here with excellent plough / gritter response. Farmers all out with their emergency ploughs on etc. Even with that we've had a motorway incident with folk trapped.

Your problem would be your landrover can't drive over the top of regular cars / jackknifed lorries when they're blocking the road. So stay away from the main roads where there's traffic if you really must go out and totally avoid the red zone.

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7 minutes ago, jethro said:

Morning all, a question for you guys....how accurate was the red alert issued yesterday? Was the specified area accurate, or larger/smaller than predicted? Asking because we've been issued with one down here, I'm about 20 miles outside the zone but as I have places to be etc, I'm wondering if I need to re-think some stuff. Don't worry, I'm not a total loon, I have a Landy not a little town car.

Fairly accurate. Just outside the red area here and we've been hammered. I'd be staying put if I were you. Stay safe. 

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How am I going to take a bin lid measurement later? My bin is almost buried, but that picture won't upload. Trampolines are almost buried as well

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14 minutes ago, jethro said:

Morning all, a question for you guys....how accurate was the red alert issued yesterday? Was the specified area accurate, or larger/smaller than predicted? Asking because we've been issued with one down here, I'm about 20 miles outside the zone but as I have places to be etc, I'm wondering if I need to re-think some stuff. Don't worry, I'm not a total loon, I have a Landy not a little town car.

Morning 

I was 7 miles outside the red warning and still managed 7 inches level snow and 9.5 to 10 inches in the drifts/dunes. The speed at which it accumulates is remarkable! 

It will all really come down to now nowcasting and keeping a close eye on the radar.

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