Weather warnings for wind, rain snow and ice have been issued by the Met Office for the Argyll and Bute area - and for much of Scotland - for the end of this week as ‘Storm Gertrude’ approaches the UK.
The details are as follows...
An amber ‘be prepared’ warning is in place throughout the Strathclyde area - and most of Scotland and northern England - from 3am until 10am on Friday, January 29, advising the public to be ready for strong west to south-westerly gales.
The amber warning is in addition to a yellow ‘be aware’ alert which applies from 1am until 6pm on the same day.
In Rothesay winds could gust to 50-60mph for much of Friday, possibly reaching a peak of up to 70mph around 6am, with potential for disruption to ferry services.
Winds will continue to gust to around 50-60mph until the early hours of Saturday, with further gusts of 30-45mph until early on Sunday morning.
A yellow ‘be aware’ warning applies for the whole of the Strathclyde area from 3pm on Thursday until 6pm on Friday. The heaviest rain on Bute is expected late on Thursday night and early on Friday morning, though it shouldn’t be as heavy as in other areas - to the north and west of the central belt, for example, up to 100mm is possible over high ground.
Snow and ice
A yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow and ice is in place, again across the whole of the Strathclyde area, including Argyll and Bute, from 9pm on Friday until 3pm on Saturday.
Rain showers through Friday are expected to turn increasingly wintry, and road surface temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight into Saturday morning, leading to a risk of icy patches forming.
On Bute up to 2.3 centimetres of snow is forecast, with the heaviest showers early on Friday evening and again on Saturday morning.
* Though no warnings have yet been issued by the Met Office beyond Saturday, the XC Weather website is also predicting more heavy rain for Rothesay on Sunday night, and strong winds (gusting to 50-60mph) and possibly further snow showers on Monday.
We’ll keep an eye on the situation and post any further updates on our website and social media feeds.