Scotland hit with snow and ice in wake of Storm Brendan

A fresh yellow warning of snow and ice is now in place after being issued at 1am.

Scotland is set to be hit with ice, snow and more gales in the wake of Storm Brendan.

High winds and heavy rain battered the country on Monday, causing chaos such as  ferry cancellations, road closures and suspended rail services.

A fresh yellow warning of snow and ice is now in place after being issued at 1am on Tuesday and a yellow warning for wind is still in place until midnight. There are also 31 flood warnings still in place across the country.

All schools in the Uist and Barra areas have been closed and all bus services have been cancelled.

Ferry services are continuing to be disrupted by high winds. There will be no crossing to and from Arran until Tuesday afternoon.

A number of train services have been disrupted due to damaged overhead power lines in Ayrshire. A ScotRail spokesperson said: ” We’re dealing with overhead line damage between Barassie and Ayr, affecting our Glasgow Central – Ayr route in both directions.

“These services will terminate and start back from Kilwinning, with replacement buses between Ayr & Kilwinning connecting with trains.”

Parts of Scotland were battered by severe gales of up to 90mph on Monday.

Winds of up to 65mph hit central Scotland and the north east while the Outer Hebrides experienced gusts as high as 90mph.

Pictures posted on social media showed water lapping at the door of The Crannog restaurant, which is on the pier in Fort William, as water levels rose on Monday evening.

The Met Office said some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely. Several Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services are affected, with some services cancelled due to adverse weather and others disrupted.

Northlink Ferries also told passengers there may be disruption on services to Orkney and Shetland. On the railways, services between Ayr and Kilwinning were disrupted due to overhead line damage.

The Met Office weather warning, covering the Highlands, Western Isles and Argyll and Bute, is valid until midnight.

It states: “The very strong south-westerly winds will continue at times through Tuesday with gusts of 60-70 mph.

“Although winds are generally less strong than during Monday, some further disruption is likely – especially around coasts.

“Although the frequency and strength of gusts will probably diminish through Tuesday afternoon and evening, some further strengthening is possible again later.”

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