Freezing rain is expected to develop during Saturday, lasting into the early hours of Sunday. This may result in the formation of ice on roads, pavements, trees and other structures. Freezing rain is rare in the United Kingdom, but when it does occur impacts can be severe. This is due to the fact that it can form very quickly, it can be difficult to see, and is incredibly slippery.
Freezing rain is likely to change to snow before it dies out across parts of Scotland, bringing some accumulations of 2-5 cm. The freezing rain and snow will be accompanied by strong southeasterly winds which will pose an additional hazard to travel, in particualr over high ground.: Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel, Some rural communities could become cut off, Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected, A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible, Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable because of black ice