Severe weather warning

Severe weather warning in Scotland

The Met Office has warned that major travel disruption is likely across much of Central Scotland tomorrow afternoon due to strong winds of 75-80 miles per hour and potential gusts of up to 90mph.

A red warning has been issued by the Met Office for Central, Tayside, Fife, Strathclyde, south west Scotland and Lothian & Borders.

With such severe weather forecast, Transport Scotland is urging people to pay attention to police travel warnings. Police advise that conditions for travel between 3pm and 6pm are likely to be extremely poor and significant delays are expected. This could lead to all main road bridges being closed and will have a severe impact on tomorrow night's rush hour. Disruption to power supplies and property is also a strong possibility.

Through the day on Thursday winds will strengthen with severe gales developing through the central belt during the afternoon and into the evening rush hour with winds as high as 80 mph, and a risk of some gusts to 90 mph. A warning has been issued with a RED area covering the central belt.

Transport disruption, including complete closure of bridges, power supply disruption and structural damage are all possible with gusts of this magnitude.  Please monitor warnings on the Met Office website.

In addition, during Thursday afternoon, showers will be turning back to snow, over the higher ground at first but to lower levels through the evening.

Please visit the Transport Scotland website for up-to-date travel information.

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