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'Very strong winds' forecast as Yellow weather warning over snow and ice across Highlands is updated by Met Office

By Hector MacKenzie

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AN updated weather warning for snow and ice across the Highlands now includes the threat of some "very strong winds" today.

The Met Office had earlier this week issued a Yellow weather warning for frequent snow showers and icy stretches on Tuesday, leading to potential travel disruption, particularly for higher routes.

The warning runs from midnight tonight until 9am on Wednesday morning.

It warns of the possibility of:

Difficult driving conditions at times on higher routes.

Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

The Met Office has subsequently added a Yellow warning for very strong winds throughout the course of today.

That warning runs from 10am for the rest of the day.

The strong wind warning raises the possibility of:

Some delays to road, air and ferry transport expected

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges

Some short-term loss of power and other services

Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities being affected by spray and/or large waves, and a risk of coastal flooding in some places.

The weather warning system runs from the less severe Yellow through Amber and Red.

A Yellow warning urges people to plan ahead, thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of day to day activities.

It means the Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and that people should keep an eye on the latest forecast "and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days".

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