Mondays forecast – Gales and wintry showers


Good evening Western Isles on this Sunday evening we are seeing a mixture of clear skies and wintry showers. Some of these falling as sleet and snow. Under clearing skies we are seeing frost and ice. Milder across the Uists and Barra.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood alert for the Western Isles. The alert is for coastal flooding. Full information can be found via the SEPA website.

Overnight – We are going to see further showers and these will be wintry at times. Some frost and ice. However cloud will thicken in as the night goes on with increasing showers. Winds will also increase 20 to 40 mph.

Morning – A showery start and then more heavy and persistent rain will push across the entire Western isles. Some sleet and snow mixed in. Falling as snow over higher ground. We are also going to see strong winds which at this stage are expected to stay below warning level. Winds of 20 to 40 mph gusting 50 mph. Stronger gusts reaching 60 mph across the Uists and Barra.

Afternoon – We are expected to get into the core of the strongest of the winds during the early afternoon 20 to 50 mph gusting 60 mph across Uists and Barra. Barra could see winds reaching 65 mph. Further heavy rain with some sleet and snow mixed in. Winds will ease by late afternoon for most under 45 mph. Rain will turn increasingly wintry.

Evening – At this stage I feel there remains a great deal of uncertainty as to snowfall as we go into the evening. Showers are expected to turn increasingly to snow but how much we are likely to see. More sleet and rain for the Uists and Barra as temps will be higher. Lewis and Harris will see scattered snow showers we could result in a dusting for a time. Winds will ease further. Winds of 5 to 30 mph.

Winds will be Westerly and South Westerly direction and temps will range from -1C to 8C

Sunrise and Sunset

Stornoway – 08:52 and 16:22

South Uist – 08:51 and 16:32

Please do NOT use Western Isles Weather for the protection of life and property please follow local and national government issued warnings and advice. Please have more then one source for weather information in extreme weather, Such as the Met office and follow any advice given by emergency services.

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