Met Office extends Argyll and Bute weather warnings

CalMac's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries were disrupted by strong winds on February 22 and 23: the first two departures on Monday were cancelled because of the south-westerly gales.

CalMac's Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferries were disrupted by strong winds on February 22 and 23: the first two departures on Monday were cancelled because of the south-westerly gales.

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The Met Office has extended its yellow ‘be aware’ weather warnings for the Argyll and Bute area to last until midday on Tuesday, February 24.

The warnings, for wind and ice, come after strong south-westerlies caused disruption to Rothesay’s ferry services on both Sunday and Monday.

The wind warning advises that west to south-west winds will strengthen on Monday evening and overnight into Tuesday, reaching severe gale force at times, with widespread gusts of 50-60mph in some coastal areas.

These winds will also lead to large waves which, coupled with high spring tides, could lead to overtopping and localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

The bad weather has caused disruption to the Rothesay ferry service, which was diverted to and from Gourock on Sunday afternoon.

After announcing the ‘last sailings’ between Gourock and Rothesay, a lull in the weather allowed CalMac to run one further trip from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay and back on Sunday evening.

But the wind strengthened again on Monday morning, with the first two departures from Rothesay cancelled and subsequent sailings being diverted to Gourock - a diversion which was still in force as this article was published.

There’s also a yellow Met Office warning for ice in force in Argyll and Bute until 11am on Tuesday, though snow is only likely on higher ground: at lower levels, while some icy patches are still possible, the strong winds should prevent many roads from freezing.