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Severe weather warning issued

Posted 2 April 2012
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Severe weather warning issued
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People planning to go walking in Scotland or the north of England this week might need to put on their winter jackets as the recent warm spell is turning dramatically back into winter.

The Met Office has issued an official severe weather warning for Scotland for today and tomorrow (April 2nd and 3rd), with rain quickly turning to snow as temperatures plummet.

And the bad weather will be gradually moving southwards from the Highlands, encroaching into northern England.

The change in the weather may catch out those not equipped for winter, with warm clothing and navigational equipment such as Ordnance Survey maps and compasses being particularly important.  

Visitors to mountains in the Highlands might wish to check the avalanche forecast.

Lat month, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service announced it was suspending the service due to run to the end of the normal forecasting season on April 8th, as the March weather had been so warm.

However, it stated the service would remain "on standby" until that time - a move that may now see forecasts being resumed.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801332243-ADNFCR