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 across the Ayrshires and Lanarkshires. Snow and ice was also widely mentioned in weather forecasts in newspapers and across TV focusing on the central belt of Scotland.
Sunday nights weather forecast on the BBC clearly said “It is all too easy to become complacent, but I should stress that these are fresh warnings from the Met Office about ice and snow… …as a new weather feature brings fresh snowfall into the central belt just in time for the rush hour.”
Comments online have clearly highlighted that people were aware that snow was expected across the Central Belt of Scotland: ‘The snow WAS forecast on this website yesterday afternoon for midnight 3am 6am etc.‘, ‘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.‘ and ‘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. ‘