Christmas travel disruption amid snow and ice warnings 

The Met Office warns that the conditions will 'likely' lead to travel disruption as more people begin their travels for the festive season.

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Parts of Scotland will be hit by blizzard conditions as snow showers and ice set to cause Christmas travel chaos.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice which will come into force from 9pm on Friday and until midday on Saturday.

The warning covers more northern parts of Scotland including Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and Orkney Islands.

The Met Office warned conditions are likely lead to travel disruption as more people begin journeying for the festive season.

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Snow is expected to develop across north and northeast Scotland during Friday night before gradually turning to rain during Saturday.

Forecasters said low level locations may see two to five cm of snow, whilst accumulations of 10-15 cm are likely for areas on higher grounds.

The Met Office warned that an additional but “temporary” hazard will be the chance of ice mainly over higher ground as snow turns to rain.

The warnings were issued on Thursday as Scotland was battered by 80mph winds as Storm Pia hit, closing schools and causing travel disruption.

The strong winds disrupted a majority of Britain’s domestic railway services and continued unsettled weather conditions will likely extend travel issues just days before Christmas.

Passengers hoping to travel from London Euston could continue to face disruption after services were cancelled on Thursday following damage to overhead electric wires.

The backlog from the suspension of cross-Channel rail services has begun to clear.

An unexpected strike by Eurotunnel French site staff on Thursday led to widespread disruption, before it came to end in the evening – with trade union representatives reaching an agreement with management.

The Rest and Be Thankful road remains closed in both directions after an overturned lorry was discovered during the blustery conditions.

The RAC estimated 13.5 million leisure journeys by car would take place across the UK between Friday and Sunday, up 20% on the three days before Christmas Day last year.

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