Nicola Sturgeon faces further challenge as snow threatens Scotland’s Covid vaccine rollout

John Swinney discusses weather disruption and vaccine

Nicola Sturgeon’s Deputy John Swinney told the coronavirus press briefing that snow could cause disruption in central and northern parts of Scotland. Mr Swinney added that the SNP Government is working on measures to make travel to the vaccination centres as easy as possible in the affected regions. 

Mr Swinney said: “There is another point about vaccinations that I want to cover today and it is specifically about the weather conditions in parts of Scotland.

“As you will know the Met Office has put out an amber warning for snow in parts of central and northern Scotland for today and tomorrow.

“The potential disruption that this could cause has implications for the vaccination programme.

“It could make it very difficult for people to travel to their appointments or staff getting to their work.”

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On Friday morning, BBC meteorologist  Matt Taylor warned Britain is facing its “coldest spell of winter” as temperatures are set to plunge well below freezing.

Mr Taylor stated that easterly winds from Europe will see temperatures drop as low as minus seven degrees.

The meteorologist highlighted an amber warning from the Met Office for snow in Scotland.

Mr Taylor said: “This weekend we head our way into the coldest spell of winter so far for many of you.

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“An area of low pressure across Scotland will move southwards through the next few days.

“In doing so we open the door to easterly winds coming in from northern Europe.

“With the wind in place by Monday, it is going to feel close to -6 or -7 in the easterly parts of the country.

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“The main risk of snow is actually in the far north of Scotland.

“There is a Met Office amber warning in place.”

The Met Office amber warning is in place until midday tomorrow.

It said: “Snow will become persistent and heavy and could lead to some significant disruption to transport and utilities.”

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