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6th/7th March 1998 disruptive snowfalls for northern Scotland


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    A low pressure tracking through Scotland, a slow moving front engaging cold air pushing down from the ENE are recipes for disruptive snowfalls and this what happened around the 6th/7th March 1998.



    The snowfalls caused power outages and blocked roads in the region.

    Depth of snowfalls recorded.

    Lerwick: 10cm

    Kirkwall airport: 11cm

    Aviemore: 10cm

    Kinloss: 3cm

    Forecast from 6th March 1998: Michael Fish warns about the threat of snow for the north.

    BBC News report from 7th March 1998 on the snow

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    I remember this event quite well. The Tyne and Wear area had an unexpected snowfall early on the 6th, with a couple of inches for a time even near the coast, but it thawed after mid-morning as the snow petered out and the air temperature rose to around 3C. The second batch that moved in late in the day fell as rain, but would have turned to snow as it progressed northwards.

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