NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

April snow expected to continue across country

Castletown Image copyright goodfellers
Image caption The April freeze is sometimes called the "lambing snows"

Several parts of Scotland have experienced April snow showers as an icy blast blew in from the north.

The Highlands, Aberdeenshire coast and Shetland were among areas where snow fell overnight and into Monday.

The Met Office later issued a yellow warning for between 22:00 on Monday and 09:00 on Tuesday.

Weather warning - Yellow warning for snow from 22:00 Monday 24th to 09:00 Tuesday 25th Image copyright Met Office

It said wintry showers could hit almost anywhere in the UK as the Arctic air began to move further south.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said: "As we go over the next 36 hours, those wintry showers will become quite frequent.

"There's a possibility of wintry showers just about anywhere in the UK but more likely is that people anywhere, really, could see hail."

Rothiemurchus Image copyright MrH
Image caption This wee chap was spotted out and about in Rothiemurchus
Aberlour Image copyright Boreas
Image caption Spring flowers peek through the snowfall at Aberlour

"In the south, it's possible that people could see sleety rain or hail for some time but we're not likely to see any accumulation or settling.

"The more at-risk areas for seeing snow are obviously the northern hills.

"But, generally, what we'll see in those very showery conditions is that when it starts to rain, it'll drop the temperature maybe enough to trigger the development of sleet or even the odd snow shower for a time."

Achiltibuie Image copyright Buckbeak143
Image caption This boat was hurrying home in sleet "before the storm" at Achiltibuie

Mr Madge said the colder weather will also bring plummeting temperatures at night.

The BBC Scotland Weather team said on Twitter: "Based on records from 1981 to 2010 the UK average is for 2.3 days of snow in April."

They added: "Snow is more likely at the beginning of April than the end, however, there have been a number of notable snow events this late on in the UK."

Brough Image copyright Weatherman Bill
Image caption This was the view at Brough looking across the Pentland Firth
Banchory Image copyright The Grahamslaws
Image caption Banchory took on a decidedly winter feel on Monday
Rosehearty Image copyright JT
Image caption Rosehearty saw snow falling
Fraserburgh Image copyright braidsea quine
Image caption There was snow at the seaside as Fraserburgh turned a bit white
Knockandhu Image copyright maudie
Image caption Knockandhu had a decent covering of snow as the temperatures fell
Inverallochy Image copyright jayaar
Image caption Light snow was also falling at Inverallochy
Baltasound Image copyright Up North
Image caption Shetland got a dusting on Monday morning - here at Baltasound

All pictures from BBC Weather Watchers.