Two weather alerts issued as Scotland set to be hit by 'thundersnow'

STV meteorologist Sean Batty said clouds created by cold air could turn downpours into snow showers.

Two weather alerts have been issued for large areas of Scotland amid warnings of ‘thundersnow’.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and lightning across the majority of the mainland, which comes into force at 5pm on Wednesday and is set to last until 8pm on Thursday. 

A separate yellow warning for wind has been issued for parts of Tayside, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders until 6pm on Wednesday. 

The Met Office warned there was a ‘small chance of injuries and danger to life’ due to lightning strikes, with the potential for rural communities to be cut off and power lines and mobile signals affected by the weather. 

Public transport may be impacted during the stormy conditions, with motorists urged to take care on roads. 

STV meteorologist Sean Batty said Scots could see unusual ‘thundersnow’ showers over the next 24 hours, which occurs when very cold air creates large clouds which can bring thundery downpours.

However the colder air turns the rain into snow showers, which may hit most of the mainland with up to 20cm of snow expected in higher areas. 

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