Worried locals from the Scottish capital Edinburgh were woken immediately on Thursday evening by what a few believed was a set of explosions.
But the town was not being struck by blasts. On the contrary, it was in the middle of a rare weather phenomenon: the so-called”thundersnow”.
That’s if thunder and lightning happen in precisely the same period as snowfall.
Authorities said they received a variety of calls from residents in the region who believed they had been hearing an explosion.
As stated by the UK Met office, thundersnow can only happen during a month or two of this year once the weather conditions are appropriate.
The snow also muffles the noise of the thunder which means that you can only hear it if you are within a couple of kilometers (five or three kilometers) of this lightning – at a standard rainstorm, you can listen to the thunder from much farther off.
Components of this UK get initial snow warnings of this winter
Upland regions of South Lanarkshire in Scotland viewed up to 13 cm of snowfall on Thursday night with temperatures falling under -9℃ in areas.
The cold snap is set to continue into this weekend, meaning street conditions could be dangerous, cautioned Traffic Scotland.
“The very first serious weather warning of this winter for ice and snow led to very hard driving conditions [on Friday],” cautioned Traffic Scotland operator director Douglas Cairns. “It is still another timely reminder for folks to test they’re winter-ready and also to make suitable preparations or believe if they need to travel if the weather is indeed intense.
Wintry states are also coming across much of Europe.
Ordinarily, Europeans will be preparing for a busy ski season because the white material starts to blanket the Alpine peaks.