Travel delays expected as heavy wind and rain set to batter Scotland

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of southwest Scotland.

Heavy rain and wind is set to batter parts of Scotland, with even the possibility of snow in some areas.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, with travellers warned to expect disruption over the coming days.

The areas worst affected will be Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and parts of Lanarkshire.

Warnings are also in place for parts of Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

A spell of strong winds will begin on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening with speeds of up to 40mph from around 7pm.

The Met Office warning states there will be “some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.”

It also said bus and train services are likely to be affected, with some journeys taking longer.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely as well as short-term loss of power.

Coastal routes and sea fronts may also experiences large waves.

Network Rail have warned those living near railway lines to ensure garden furniture is safely secured to avoid damage.

The company added: “A yellow weather warning for wind and rain will be in place across southwestern parts of Scotland later this afternoon and throughout tonight.

“We will monitor the situation closely and advise of any speed restrictions introduced, should this be required.”

STV meteorologist Philip Petrie said: “After what has been a fairly settled Easter weekend with lots of bright and dry conditions, things are now unfortunately going downhill.

“Overnight tonight the main cause for concern is a frontal system that is tracking north eastwards, and this front is bringing with it a large area of rain and also strengthening winds.”

He added: “The rain will be quite heavy at times and also, dare I say it, falling as snow – but only on ground above 400-500m. Mostly all areas will see this rain overnight as it moves across the country, but the heaviest downpours are expected within the yellow warning zone – areas such as Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and parts of Lanarkshire.

“Along with this we continue to see strengthening winds as this blustery rain pushes through – getting up to 50-55mph in the east and possibly reaching gale force around the coasts.

“Things are staying unsettled for the rest of the working week, however Saturday at the moment does look set to be a brighter and drier day – so there’s something to look forward to for the first day of the weekend.”

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