Scotland weather: Yellow weather warning in place for rain and snow set to hit

A yellow warning is in place. Picture: PA fileA yellow warning is in place. Picture: PA file
A yellow warning is in place. Picture: PA file
There have been warnings of more travel disruption

A yellow weather warning for rain and snow has been issued for much of Scotland on Saturday.

The warning is in place from 8am until midnight on Saturday with up to 25mm of rain forecast at lower levels, according to the Met Office.

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A period of sleet and snow, turning to rain, may lead to some flooding and travel disruption.

Bus and train services may be affected, with journey times taking longer, with some spray and flooding on roads.

Some interruption to power services is also likely.

This week, Storm Gerrit caused travel disruption across the UK.

Hundreds of homes in Scotland remain without power as the post-storm clean-up continues, but electricity bosses are “very confident” the remaining properties will be reconnected on Friday.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution said that as of 11am on Friday, electricity supplies had been successfully restored to more than 47,000 properties, with 450 still off supply.

Andy Smith, operations director at SSEN Distribution, said on Friday: “Our operational teams have made excellent progress in restoring customers impacted by Storm Gerrit, in the face of continued challenging conditions.

“We recognise this has been a difficult couple of days for the customers still affected, and I’m grateful to them for their continued patience and support as our teams work extremely hard to restore power.

“Up to now we’ve targeted our restoration plan on repairing the faults that will reconnect the greatest number of customers, and those who have been without power the longest.

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“Today, we face a number of complex and very localised faults, and we press on to reconnect those final customers affected. We are still encountering some access challenges.

“However, I’d like to reassure our customers that all our teams have been directed to these last few remaining areas of damage for this final push.”

Travellers could face disruption across the rail network on Saturday, with operators urging passengers to check their journeys before setting off.

Andy Page, Met Office chief forecaster, said: “Parts of the higher ground of Scotland may see temporary snow accumulations of 5-10cm (1-2in), while up to 25mm (just under 1in) of rain is expected in Wales, Northern Ireland and lower levels in Scotland.

“Across Wales and southern England, wind gusts of 45-50mph are likely to be quite widespread, while gusts of 65-75mph are possible in the most exposed coastal areas.”