Ice and snow will continue to affect the Western Isles through the rest of this week, with Lewis and Harris under two new weather warnings issued this morning (Wednesday January 30th) by the Met Office.

A yellow ‘be aware’ warning of ice comes into force from 5pm today, covering the period until 11am tomorrow (Thursday) with the risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy pavements and untreated surfaces.

The chief forecaster said: “Northwest Scotland, Northern and Western Isles will see further wintry showers, these falling onto frozen surfaces with ice readily forming on untreated surfaces. In addition small accumulations of snow are possible in places. Isolated wintry showers are possible this evening and overnight, these becoming more frequent on Thursday morning with ice forming on untreated surfaces.”

A second yellow warning of snow and ice has also been issued for the period from 6pm on Thursday until 12 noon on Friday, with the risk of transport disruption on the roads. Once again the chief forecaster warns: “Showers will develop during Thursday night and continue into Friday morning falling as a mixture of rain, sleet and snow. Snow accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible in places by Friday morning. Ice is likely to form on some untreated surfaces.”

Stornoway airport tweeted this morning that flights were only slightly delayed, although this morning’s flights to and from Benbecula were cancelled.