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Two Met Office weather alerts - for snow, ice and strong winds - in force across parts of Ross-shire; CalMac's Ullapool-Stornoway ferry services face midday review; Traffic Scotland advising motorists to take care crossing the Skye, Kessock and Dornoch bridges in the high winds

By Philip Murray

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The two weather alerts cover most of Ross-shire between them. Picture: Met Office.
The two weather alerts cover most of Ross-shire between them. Picture: Met Office.

FERRY passengers looking to travel from Wester Ross to the Outer Hebrides were facing a waiting game this morning - after CalMac delayed a decision on whether to cancel services in the light of a new Met Office weather warning.

A yellow alert for wind was introduced across the whole of Wester Ross, the Outer Hebrides and much of the Inner Hebrides at midnight, and is expected to remain in place until midnight tonight.

“Very strong south-westerly winds will continue through Tuesday and may cause further disruption,” warned a spokesman for the Met Office.

Meanwhile a CalMac spokesman said: “Due to forecast adverse weather, the 7am departing Stornoway has been cancelled.

“The 10.30am sailing departing Ullapool is delayed due to weather conditions. There will be a review at approximately midday.

“All later sailings remain liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.”

They added that there was also a “heightened possibility” of disruption to Wednesday’s services too.

Meanwhile, parts of Ross-shire were waking up to snow and ice this morning. There was some snow on the A835 at Braemore, and some snow had fallen along the A87 corridor but the roads remained clear to traffic.

Schools were also largely unaffected across the Highlands, with no closures reported in Ross-shire at all.

An alert for snow and ice, which covers much of Ross-shire, was expected to remain in place until 1pm today.

Elsewhere, Traffic Scotland was advising motorists to take added care in the icy conditions and high winds, with advisory alerts for drivers crossing the Skye, Kessock and Dornoch bridges to be aware of strong gusts.

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

CalMac travel updates are available on its service updates page.

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