Snow and ice form latest Bute weather alert

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' weather alert warning of snow and ice in Argyll and Bute - and much of west central Scotland - on January 16 and 17. This picture was taken in the early stages of the snowfall in Rothesay's Guildford Square on Tuesday, January 13.
The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' weather alert warning of snow and ice in Argyll and Bute - and much of west central Scotland - on January 16 and 17. This picture was taken in the early stages of the snowfall in Rothesay's Guildford Square on Tuesday, January 13.

The Met Office’s latest ‘be aware’ weather alert for Argyll and Bute is warning the public to watch out for snow and ice on Friday and Saturday.

The warning, valid from 12.10am on January 16 until midday on January 17, predicts frequent showers comprised of a mixture of hail, sleet and snow, with ice on untreated surfaces adding to the potential for disruption to travel.

The Met Office’s forecast for Rothesay is currently predicting maximum temperatures of no more than three or four degrees Centigrade for the next few days, with wintry showers a particular hazard between 7am and 1pm on Friday.

On a more upbeat note, wind speeds are expected to drop below the level which caused widespread disruption to ferry services on Thursday: Friday’s forecast is for westerly or north-westerly winds of around 15-20mph, with gusts not expected to exceed 40mph, with a further significant drop in wind strength predicted for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.