SEVERE weather warnings have been issued as the snowstorm that has battered America heads for the UK.
The Met Office has issued warnings of heavy rain that will threaten flooding and travel disruption in western Scotland on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The yellow - “be aware” - alert is for up to eight inches of rain, which could cause rivers to flood.
The warning covers much of the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Perthshire, Argyll and as far north as Skye, from noon on Tuesday until 3pm on Wednesday.
A Met Office spokeswoman said: “An active frontal system is expected to become slow moving across parts of western and north-western Britain through Tuesday and into Wednesday.
“Rain from this is expected to be persistent, and at times, heavy, leading to localised river flooding and also standing water.
“Please be aware of the potential of disruption to travel.
“Many parts of the warning area could see 50-100 mm of rain, whilst the most exposed upland parts of north Wales, north-west England and south-west Scotland could see 150-200 mm.
“There is the potential for river flooding, and also standing water on roads.
“Strong and gusty south-west winds will also develop.”