Ahead of Storm Barra sweeping in from the Atlantic on Tuesday, the Met Office has issued weather warnings for many parts of the UK.
The west of Ireland is due to be hit hardest, with yellow wind weather warnings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while yellow snow warnings are in place in southern and western Scotland.
Weather warnings have been issued for Glasgow, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Dumfries and Galloway, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.
A ministerial meeting of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Room (SGoRR), chaired by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, was held earlier today to ensure preparations and appropriate measures are in place.
Mr Swinney said:“In preparation for Storm Barra, I met resilience partners to oversee efforts and ensure every possible resource is deployed and continues to stand by to coordinate support.
“The Scottish Government is in close contact with local authorities and the emergency services to ensure people in the affected areas receive the latest information and support where needed. I would urge everyone in the affected areas to exercise caution and follow the latest travel advice.
“I want to assure the public that we have strong and robust arrangements in place to manage and address weather-related resilience issues at a national, regional and local level. In the aftermath of Storm Arwen, we will review the preparations and response to ensure we learn from this most exceptional storm.”
There have been warnings that there could possible travel delays on roads with possible cancellations to rail and air travel with snow warnings as well as warnings of high winds.
However, due to the direction of the winds, and the wind speed, the damage from Barra is not expected to be as devastating as Storm Arwen.
The Met Office has warned that gale force winds of up to 85mph on Tuesday across the UK which could make it more difficult for engineers to reconnect homes, but spokesperson Stephen Dixon said that winds will “gradually weaken” as they move east and should have petered out by Thursday.