The Yellow warning for rain that was announced yesterday, disappointing those hoping for a White Christmas, will now kick in a day earlier on Sunday December 24.
The Chief Forecaster’s assessment read: “A band of rain is likely to bring heavy rain to parts of western Scotland over the weekend, perhaps lasting into Monday.
“The highest rainfall totals are expected to build up over high ground with 70 to 100 mm possible over the course of the weekend.”
The warning is in place across Scotland for Christmas Day, but tend to be more localised on Christmas Eve, with Strathclyde and the Highlands the worst areas affected.
The Met Office warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain will be on Sunday, causing delays to travel times and increasing the chances that home and businesses could be flooded.
Damage to power supplies and other services is also possible, the national forecaster warned.