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12 inches of snow batters parts of the UK as Met Office issues further warning

Borders farmer Lorraine Luescher said the snow was ‘very deep in places’.


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Lorraine Luescher farms in the hills between Langholm and Eskdalemuir, Scotland.
Lorraine Luescher farms in the hills between Langholm and Eskdalemuir, Scotland.
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Scotland covered in snow as Met Office warns more is on its way

Heavy snowfall has battered areas of Scotland over the past 48 hours with farmers warning of up to 12 inches and possible livestock casualties.

 

A yellow weather warning has been put in place until Friday (January 19) for parts of southern Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland for snow and ice.

 

The Met Office said there was likely to be an increase in snowfall this evening and ‘some rural communities could become cut off’.


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Borders farmer Lorraine Luescher, who farmers at Megdale, Westerkirk, said: “It was a complete white-out yesterday, 12 inches of snow, and there has been further snowfall overnight and more forecast.

 

“We managed to get some ewes but it has drifted very deep in places and there are likely to be casualties further out on the hill.

 

“The hill livestock sector is vulnerable, and weather events like this simply underline how precarious the future of hill farming is.”

 

Strong winds are set to make their way east later in the week with an amber warning issued by the Met Office chief forecaster.

 

He said a deepening area of low pressure was expected to track east across the UK during Wednesday night and early Thursday, before a spell of persistent and heavy snow of about 3-8cm.

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