View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Wednesday 6 January

Good afternoon from Stornoway, where I arrived on time last night at around 6.30. I managed to get a lift into town. The three miles showed an increasing amount of snow the further west we came. Stornoway Town Centre had a lot of snow in it, showing the problems they've been having with gritting. Visiting Tesco earlier today was a very slushy, snowy experience, punctuated by empty shelves. There wasn't a grain of salt left in that place either, and it had all found its way to people's paths. Not their dinner plates!

Yesterday, my journey went surprisingly well. Everything flew on time, in huge contrast to today. Following snow falls of 40 cms, in places 180 cms, most of the country is struggling to keep going. When the weather settles down, overnight lows in the Highlands could dip to -20C.