Scotland weather warning: Snow, ice and winds of up to 70mph to hit parts of nation

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Wind gusts of up to 70mph are expected for the west of the UK this week and forecasters are warning of the potential for transport disruption.

Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of Scotland and England will bear the brunt of the gales throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Ithe northern Highlands, snow and ice alerts are in place until 9am Tuesday.

Ithe northern Highlands, snow and ice alerts are in place until 9am Tuesday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning with inland areas "likely to see wind gusts peak between 45mph and 55mph" and exposed coastal areas topping out at 60mph-70mph.

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South-west England could also see up to 2in (50mm) of rainfall between 2pm on Wednesday and 3am on Thursday.

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The strong winds may affect road, rail, air and ferry transport and may also cause some short-term loss of power.

Meanwhile, in the northern Highlands, snow and ice alerts are in place until 9am Tuesday.

Snow and ice warning for Tuesday morning.

Snow and ice warning for Tuesday morning.

Despite this week's warnings, Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said the rough weather is expected to ease off by next week.

"Calmer weather is coming, with temperatures rising over the next couple of days in the build-up to Christmas," he said.

"Christmas Day will most likely be cold and dry with milder than average conditions expected."

High winds are due to batter western areas of Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday.

High winds are due to batter western areas of Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday.