Weather warning for rain remains as landslide leads to collapsed road

More rain is on the way for much of western Scotland following the weekend's record-breaking weather.

Key Points
Latest weather disruption
  • Yellow weather warning in place for much of western Scotland
  • The search for a 77-year-old man reported missing in a river continues
  • Two severe flood warnings issued by the SEPA remain in force

A yellow weather warning is in force for western Scotland as the threat of floods and transport disruption continues.

The Met Offices said heavy rainfall is likely across the northwest Highlands down to Glasgow and parts of North Ayrshire.

Regions including Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Falkirk, Argyll and Bute, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire also fall under the warning which is in place until 9pm on Tuesday.

The B849 road edge just past Killundine River has subsided resulting in the single carriageway loss of any verge or edge protection.

The road, heading west to Drimnin, has been closed to HGV vehicles with staggered closures in place from Wednesday.

From 9am closures will be in place every two hours with 30 minute amnesty periods while work to facilitate repairs is carried out. Highlands Council say the work is expected to last three days.

It comes after record-breaking rainfall at the weekend saw landslides and floods causing widespread disruption.

Ten people had to be airlifted from their vehicles after becoming stranded and a man remains missing after he is suspected to have been swept away in the River Tay.

A816 south of ArdfernOban MRT

The search for the 77-year-old man reported missing in a river will continue on Tuesday, after specialist resources including a police helicopter and drones were used to look for him on Monday.

A search operation was launched at about 5pm on Sunday after police received a report of concern for a man seen in the River Tay, near Strathtay.

Bus and train cancellations are expected while drivers are urged to take care in difficult driving conditions.

Some roads are likely to stay closed.

The Met Office said there was a small chance more businesses and homes could be flooded.

The yellow weather warning for rain will stay in place from 6am to 9pm on Tuesday.

Weather warning for heavy rainfall across parts of Scotland

Over the weekend, Dunstaffnage, in Argyll and Bute, recorded 68.8mm of rainfall in 24 hours, beating the previous record of 59.5mm held since October 1971.

Several major roads were closed with ten people having to be airlifted from their cars as a result of landslips on the A83 and the A815.

Some 9,500 tonnes of debris fell onto the A83 in Argyll and Bute due to seven landslips.

Bear Scotland said work is “well under way” to clear the road but closures between Inveraray and Tarbet were still in place.

The A83 has been shut after landslides from severe weather.STV News

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There are currently a total of 16 flood warnings and nine flood alerts from The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Two previous warnings for severe flooding have been taken away.

Following the wet weather, northern parts of Scotland could be hit with the first snow of the season as Arctic wind is forecast to bring freezing temperatures below the averages for this time of year.

STV weather presenter Philip Petrie said some spots saw nearly a month’s worth of rainfall in just 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday.

“Heavy rain is expected once again, mostly affecting these western parts, but unlike the weekend gone when we saw non-stop persistent rain, there will actually be some drier and brighter interludes through the day,” he said.

“Wednesday and Thursday things aren’t too bad, a couple of days of sunshine and showers, with the showers most frequent in the north.

“However, things will be turning colder as our winds come from an Arctic origin, meaning temperatures will be dropping below our average values and there will be an increased chance of snow on higher ground, and perhaps even down to lower levels on Orkney and Shetland.”

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