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Met Office forecasts snow for parts of Tayside on general election polling day

Tayside and Fife looks set to miss the worst of the weather expected to blight the country during the first winter general election in generations.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday in the first December poll since 1923.

While the majority of Tayside and Fife is expected to be dry, the northern tip of the region could see some snow.

Outbreaks of heavy rain are expected elsewhere in the UK.

Political parties have urged voters to not be deterred by the wintry blast and turn out to make their voices heard.

A Met Office spokesman said: “In eastern Scotland, it looks like the area is going to remain largely dry.

“There may be some showers closer to the coast and there may be some snow showers inland and further north, in places such as Ballater and Pitlochry.

“But further down in Scotland it looks like it will be largely dry in comparison to the rest of the UK.”

Party members from across the spectrum urged voters to shrug off the inclement conditions and make an effort to get to the polling booths.

The Electoral Commission, the independent regulatory body which oversee elections, said votes will start “as soon as it was reasonably practical to do so” if the weather does cause issues.

A spokeswoman said: “Even if severe snow causes problems for getting ballot boxes from one area, they would still be able to get boxes in from other areas and commence the count.

“You don’t need to have all the boxes in before you start.”

The Met Office issued warnings of wind, rain and ice for parts of Courier Country yesterday and today.

Met Office issues multiple local weather warnings with wind, rain, ice and snow forecast

The warning for rain last night was for southern and western parts of Perthshire.

The yellow ice warning, which covers the northern and western parts of Perthshire, was valid from 10pm last night until 10am this morning.

Meanwhile, fierce winds caused two lorries to be blown over in Scotland yesterday morning.

The HGVs were travelling along the A1 between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian when they were knocked over, leaving both sides of the road blocked.

There were no reports of injuries.

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