Scots have been warned of possible travel chaos tomorrow ahead of Storm Arwen descending on the country.
The Met Office has issued an amber wind warning for eastern Scotland, which will be in place from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday.
A further yellow warning for wind has been issued for the whole of Scotland from 9am on Friday and all day Saturday.
Forecasters say that winds could pick up to highs of 75mph during the period of negative weather conditions.
A yellow snow warning has also been issued for the Highlands, parts of northern Scotland, Tayside and Fife on Friday.
The Scottish Government has urged drivers to prepare for disruption on the roads with winds expected to impact high sided vehicles tomorrow.
Further impacts are also expected on trains, ferries and flights.
Transport Minister Graeme Dey said: “The first storm of the winter period, Storm Arwen, is set to impact Scotland tomorrow and Saturday. The whole country is going to see blustery conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that eastern parts of Scotland in particular are going to see some difficult weather.
“The strongest winds are expected to reach 75mph in some places, and will likely bring some heavy rainfall and snow over higher ground.
“There is the possible for disruption on the roads, especially on bridges, and people should check the latest information before they set off, excursion to the conditions and follow Police Scotland advice. The Traffic Scotland service gives details of ‘wind based’ closures for the bridges on trunk road network, allowing people to plan ahead consequently.
“Motorists should check Traffic Scotland before they set off to make sure that their route is obtainable. The Traffic Scotland mobile website – my.trafficscotland.org – lets people get the latest information on the move and Traffic Scotland twitter page is updated regularly.
“The conditions are also likely to rule to disruption on other modes of transport, so we are urging people to take the weather into account if they are planning to travel on trains, ferries and flights.”
Storm Arwen could also consequence in some rural communities becoming cut off and mobile phone coverage knocked out, the Met Office have said.
It will come after “several shots” of Arctic air move into the UK later this week, as the jet stream dips southwards, bringing much colder and wetter weather, according to the Met Office.
The Met Office said that “very windy weather” could cause delays to transport, damage buildings, rule to bridge and road closures and cause strength cuts.
By Sunday any showers will mainly become confined to eastern coastal areas but there could nevertheless be some snow but only over the hills.
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