First footers urged to be careful amid New Year's Day ice warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, which comes into effect from 6pm on January 1.

Met Office issues yellow weather warning for ice across Scotland on New Year’s Day iStock

Scots preparing to go first footing on New Year’s Day have been warned to be careful after a weather warning for ice was issued across the country. 

The Met Office said the yellow weather warning would be in place from 6pm on Sunday, January 1 until 11am on Monday, January 2. 

Scots have been warned that they could become injured if they slip on ice, which is due to form on Sunday evening as the temperature plummets. 

The warning, which has been issued for the whole country including the Western Isles and Orkney and Shetland, also states that motorists should take care on untreated roads. 

It follows sleet and snow which fell on Hogmanay in some parts of the country into the early hours of New Year’s Day. 

The warning states: “​​Rain, sleet and snow is expected to ease during Sunday leaving surfaces wet and with a cold night to come this is likely to lead to icy stretches forming widely on untreated surfaces across Scotland. 

“In addition some further sleet/snow showers are possible overnight for parts of the west and south though ice remains the main hazard.”

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