Wild weather incoming
Aband of torrential rain and gale force winds will batter parts of the north-east today ahead of a “bright and dry” weekend.
The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning because of the forecast conditions – which are expected to bring around one inch of rain to Royal Deeside.
Higher areas are being warned to expect two inches of rainfall in just a few hours.
The warning is in place from 1pm today until midnight and is accompanied by alerts of gusts of up to 50mph.
Met Office meteorologist, John West did offer some optimism for the weekend however and said: “The weekend will see spells of sunshine, accompanied with some showers. It will settle down following a very, very unsettled Friday which will see some heavy rain of up to two inches on higher ground.
“For Remembrance Sunday, there will be some showers but most parts will be dry and bright. But if you are going out to any morning services – I would take a brolly.”
The Met Office warning suggests some homes and businesses could be flooded, with spray and flooding on roads making journey times longer.
Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport is also expected and for highsided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.
It also warns that some areas may experience short term loss of power and coastal communities may be affected by large waves.
Preparing for icy weather, Aberdeenshire council have reassured residents that its 24-hour winter operations room is now up and running and gritters, salt and roads staff are all “ready to go”.
Chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “Now that winter has arrived, our residents and commuters should be assured that we are highly prepared. But we are also realistic and looking back at last winter, when there are extreme conditions we do the best we can and road users have to be aware of those conditions and drive accordingly – or sometimes not at all.
“As ever, our teams will be working tirelessly over the winter period to ensure our roads, footways and cycle paths remain safe and passable.” New equipment has been added to Scotland’s winter fleet as transport chiefs plan how to keep the country moving in the months ahead.
It comes following the Beast from the East earlier this year which saw hundreds of drivers stranded on the M80 overnight as a red weather warning for snow was in place.
A new electricpowered spreader will be deployed as a patrol vehicle on the M8 and a Hilltip icestriker from Finland will be trialled on the M80.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We have looked to make improvements across the board, from equipment and treatments to information and advice for travellers.”
STORMY CONDITIONS: Higher areas of Royal Deeside can expect two inches of rain