Latest on Argyll and Bute weather alerts

Looking across Guildford Square in Rothesay on the morning of Tuesday, January 13, 2014 - the first snow to fall on Bute since March 2013.
Looking across Guildford Square in Rothesay on the morning of Tuesday, January 13, 2014 - the first snow to fall on Bute since March 2013.

Snow, rain and more strong winds are the main areas of concern in Argyll and Bute as the challenging weather conditions across Scotland this week show no sign of easing.

As this article was published a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow and ice remained in place across the Argyll and Bute area, effective until midday on Wednesday, in common with the whole of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

For west central Scotland, from Inverclyde to Lanarkshire, the status of that snow alert has been upgraded to amber - meaning ‘be prepared’ - and although that warning doesn’t cover Bute at present, heavier snowfalls are possible on the island in the late afternoon and early evening on Tuesday.

Once that warning has expired, two more take its place, with heavy rain and strong winds predicted from Wednesday afternoon onwards.

The worst of the rain is expected to fall in the early hours of Thursday, but the winds, coming from the south or south-west, should persist for longer, with gusts of up to 70mph predicted on Bute at the peak of the storm during Thursday morning’s rush hour.

The first snow seen on Bute since March 2013 fell on the island on Tuesday morning, but the island was not seriously affected - though West Coast Motors’ local 491/492 bus route was unable to serve the hilly residential areas of Ballochgoy, Barone Road and the Bush for a spell during the morning.

Click here to keep track of the Met Office’s weather alerts for the whole of the UK - click on ‘Strathclyde’ for more details of any of the warnings affecting Argyll and Bute.