Forecasters issue more yellow weather warnings

13 February 2018, 06:34

car with snow

Forecasters have again issued a series of yellow weather warnings which affect large areas of the country.

In Scotland, police have issued a warning for motorists to drive with caution as a yellow rain and snow warning begins.

Rain and snow is expected to affect much of southern, western and central Scotland, including the M74, with gales also forecast.

The yellow weather warning is for between 3am and 3pm on Tuesday and could impact drivers' morning commute.

Temperatures overnight are likely to fall below freezing and gales are expected on the western coast.

Restrictions are also likely on bridges and disruptions to ferry routes are also likely.

Between 5cm and 15cm of snow is expected to fall on higher ground over 300 metres.

Police say some sections of the M74 and higher routes heading north out of the Central Belt are at risk of snow accumulations.

Temperatures are forecast to fall again during Tuesday night, bringing a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle of Police Scotland said: "Drivers should take extra care while travelling on Tuesday.

"Conditions on the roads are likely to be hazardous in some areas, with snow on higher grounds and heavy rain causing surface water and spray elsewhere."

Flood warnings and wind warnings, meanwhile, were issued by South Western Railways, a spokesman said: "From the early hours of Tuesday morning a band of squally weather will cross the coastal areas of our network bringing some rain and blustery wind conditions.

"From 0000 on Tuesday gusts will start to build towards 40mph, with speeds increasing to up to 50mph in some areas.

"The strongest winds will be experienced between 0300 and 0800 as the peak of the squall passes through."