Wild weather to hit Scotland: bridge remains closed

Met Office have issued yellow warnings of wind and snow for Scotland from Wednesday to Friday this week.

Strong winds reaching 60 mph are expected starting today, followed by wintry showers and snow accumulating inland by the evening.

In high ground areas wind is expected to reach over 75 mph.  Up to 20cm of snow is estimated to accumulate in north and western coasts in areas above 300m.

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Travel conditions are already affected and will only turn trickier in the course of the day resulting in longer travel times. 

Following an incident in the early hours of this morning on The Forth Road Bridge, access has been closed in all directions. A lorry was blown over from the northbound carriageway to the southbound side due to high winds.

Bridge operator Amey said the grille barrier has been seriously damaged and in need of immediate repair. They are waiting for weather to calm down before removing the lorry.

Drivers have since been warned to expect travel disruptions and to drive cautiously.  The bridge remains closed. Efforts are trying to reopen bridge by rush hour.

We interviewed the AA Roadwatch about how to prepare for wild weather. Stuart Johnston reports:

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The Scottish Government Resilience Team met up Tuesday afternoon to discuss preparations. A spokeswoman said: “The strong winds will be the most immediate issue. 

“It will also start to pull in much colder air, which will lead to the showers turning to snow, sleet and hail in many areas later in the day.

“Lightning may accompany the heavier showers, with potential disruption to power supplies.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf for the Resilience Team said: “We will be seeing cold and windy conditions over the next few days and plans are in place to help us do all we can to mitigate the impact of the snow and gale-force winds.”

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West coast ferry CalMac Operations director Drew Collier explained that major disruption to services are expected.

He said: “Weather forecasts for across the west of Scotland are predicting a windy and cold run up to the weekend.

“Passengers should check before setting out on journeys.

“We will review sailings on a case by case basis, but would advise anyone planning to travel by ferry to take this into account when planning journeys in the next few days.”

Police Scotland Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston also comments how motorists need to adapt to driving situations and aim to leave more space than usual between vehicles.

He said: “Please ensure your vehicle is well prepared before setting off, making sure your windscreens are completely free of snow and ice, ensure your number plate is clear and your lights are working and clean.”

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