The terrified Edinburgh residents contacted emergency services when they were awakened in the early hours of the morning by loud explosions that they feared were the result of a plane crash or a collapsing building

Police stated that their rude awakening was caused by a phenomenon known as “thunderstorms” that occurs when thunderstorms form in winter conditions that lead to violent snowstorms

The Police Scotland control room tweeted just after 5am on Friday, “We have received a number of calls regarding people concerned about explosions Please don’t be alarmed, we are currently experiencing thunder and lightning”

Two unusually loud claps of thunder could be heard over the Scottish capital, frightening pets, setting off car alarms and waking sleeping residents, who compared the noise to that of a sonic boom or explosion

The Met Office explains that thunderous snow is unusual as it can only appear in a few months of the year “When thunderstorms occur at night, the lightning appears brighter – this is because the light is reflected from the snowflakes

It adds, “Interestingly, the snow contained in thunderstorms muffles the sound of thunder. While the thunder of a typical thunderstorm can be heard many miles away, during a thunderstorm event the thunder is only heard if you are within two to three Miles from lightning “

Not all residents were disturbed, however. Award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin expressed disappointment at having slept through the incident

Meanwhile, the Met Office warned that more winter weather could be on the way for other parts of the UK

Wet snow fell over parts of Kent on Friday morning, which with some snow may spread north over the Wealds and Downs in south east England. Rain, sleet and snow are also expected in much of Scotland and northern England

A weather warning was issued by the Met Office for snow and heavy rain until Friday morning for east England as well as London and the southeast, warning of heavy rain and snow which could make journeys difficult due to surface water and “possible muddy buildup”

It added, “1-2 cm of snow could collect in some places, mostly on grassy areas over the North Downs and Chilterns“

In much of Scotland and Northern Ireland there are a number of yellow ice and snow warnings that extend as far as North Yorkshire and indicate possible disruptions in travel


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