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Met Office warns of 72 hours of extreme weather after issuing three yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy snow in the Highlands as Storm Ciara approaches


By Philip Murray

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The first warning covers all of Scotland and runs from midday on Saturday until midnight the same day. Picture: Met Office.
The first warning covers all of Scotland and runs from midday on Saturday until midnight the same day. Picture: Met Office.

EXTREME weather will batter the Highlands for 72-hours this weekend and into the start of next week, Met Office forecasters have warned.

Revised yellow weather warnings have been issued ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciara - with alerts now coming into force across the whole of Scotland from midday on Saturday instead of the original prediction of 6pm.

The first alert, which will run from midday until midnight on Saturday, will cover all of Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Cumbria and Northumberland.

At midnight this will immediately be replaced by a second warning - this time covering the entirety of the UK - and which will run through the whole of Sunday.

A second warning covering all of the UK will run all day on Sunday. Picture: Met Office.
A second warning covering all of the UK will run all day on Sunday. Picture: Met Office.

“Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday,” said a Met Office spokesman.

“Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Injuries and danger to live could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

“Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen.”

They also warned of travel disruption, with rail, air and ferry service cancellations and bridge closures possible.

And a third alert - for heavy snow and strong winds - will take affect at 12.01am on Monday and last until midday on Tuesday. Picture: Met Office.
And a third alert - for heavy snow and strong winds - will take affect at 12.01am on Monday and last until midday on Tuesday. Picture: Met Office.

And the warnings for Highlanders don’t end there - as another alert for heavy snow and strong winds will come into force at midnight on Sunday/Monday and then remain in place until midday on Tuesday.

The spokesman continued: “Heavy snow and strong winds will combine to lead to disruption to travel, especially over higher routes.

“There is a chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.”

For the latest Met Office alerts, visit its weather warnings page.

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