Met Office in the Media: 7 December 2010

Many newspapers are reporting on the severe weather that brought parts of Central Scotland to a standstill yesterday and overnight last night.   The Scottish Transport Minister has suggested that the problems were the result of ‘inaccurate weather forecasts’.  This is not the case.  Met Office severe weather warning for heavy snow and widespread icy roads were issued 9 hours ahead of the snow at 2040 on Sunday evening for fresh falls of up to 10cm and were updated again on Monday morning. Snow and ice was also widely mentioned in weather forecasts in newspapers and across TV focusing on the central belt of Scotland.

Many comments made below the news articles from the public clearly demonstrate that the snow was forecast. For example Gola Romp says ‘The snow WAS forecast on this website yesterday afternoon for midnight 3am 6am etc.‘ and Snow Patrol said ‘I checked the BBC website at 22:00 on Sunday Night, 5 December 2010, and it showed heavy snow showers centred on Livingston from 06:00 until 18:00 today, 6 December 2010.‘ on The Scotsman website.  On the Daily Record website oorjohn wrote ‘every time I accessed the service the weather forecast appeared and the reporter repeatedly mentioned a severe weather warning for central Scotland for rush hour MOnday morning.

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