Here in this MODIS visible satellite image from NOAA you can see the extent of Monday’s snow that caught the Met Office out with their belated yellow warning for snow and ice issued at 1606 UTC when it had already been snowing for at least three hours across a large part of Easter Ross. Ignore the mountainous area which has already seen a good covering of snow during the past week and focus on and around the Black Isle where there was snow right down to sea level along the shores of the Cromarty and Beauly firths despite what the warning said. This part of Scotland can be unusually well sheltered in cold situations like we’ve experienced this week. Today for example was just as cold as Monday was, with air temperatures still only -2°C into mid-afternoon. Temperatures finally climbed above zero just after 6 PM as the southerly wind began to pick up and break the inversion.