House on fire after being ‘hit by huge lightning’ during thunder snow

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A house is on fire after reports of a massive lightning strike as Scotland's capital battles against severe weather, it has been reported.

In images shared on social media, flames and smoke can be seen coming out of a property in Edinburgh.

It comes as the capital has been suffering from severe weather conditions the last few days.

Scared locals tweeted about the lightning strike, with one person saying: "Think a house in Currie might have just got hit by lightning storm in Edinburgh. Strike was within 150m, house and car alarms going off. Never been so close to a strike"

Another posted a picture of the house and said: "House on fire in craigentinny having been struck by lightning."

This morning the Queensferry Crossing was closed to all traffic with "very difficult" conditions reported on roads in and around Edinburgh

The bridge was off-limits due to falling ice and snow, according to BEAR Scotland, reports Edinburgh Live.

This morning and last night the capital was hit by thunder and lightning for a second time.

A yellow warning for rain has been put in place across much of the east of Scotland, including the Lothians, Edinburgh and Fife, with people warned of potential for floods and continued travel disruption.

"Persistent rain, heavy at times, may lead to some travel disruption," the warning reads after it was extended until 6am on Saturday.

The Met Office forecast predicts heavy rain in Edinburgh all night Friday with strong winds.

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Saturday is expected to be much more settled, with sunny spells and the odd shower heading into Saturday afternoon with the mercury unlikely to rise above 7C.

The snow seen on Friday is the first in early December for some time, forecasters said.

Though it was predicted the thundersnow that kept locals awake in the early hours of Friday morning was unlikely to make a return, many complained of the storm tonight.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “That’s a significant amount of snow, especially this early in December."

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