Heavy rain and flooding expected as Storm Frank to batter Scotland
Met Office and Sepa urge public to be aware as heavy rain to affect central and southern Scotland
Heavy rain and flooding has been forecast as Storm Frank is expected to batter parts of Scotland before Hogmanay.
The Met Office issued an amber "be prepared" warning of persistent rain across central and southern Scotland for much of Wednesday.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has also issued warnings about the "band of heavy and persistent rain due to spread through the country overnight".
Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, and parts of Strathclyde and Tayside could be badly affected with potential for flooding, forecasters said. A yellow "be aware" warning for wind was also issued for much of the country.
Marc Becker, hydrology duty manager at Sepa said: "Our main focus is currently a band of heavy and persistent rain due to spread through the country overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
"This is very likely to cause impacts from Dumfries & Galloway and the western parts of the Scottish Borders northwards through west central Scotland, Tayside to the edge of Southern Aberdeenshire.
"As we get closer to the event on Tuesday evening, information from our predictive models and gauging stations will give us improved confidence about which areas are likely to be affected. Once we have more detailed information, we will issue the necessary flood alerts and warnings."
Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: "Surface water and spray could make driving conditions difficult and there may be some localised flooding.
"We will have patrols on the main routes to do all they can to keep the roads running and our teams out on the network to clear drainage systems in advance of the heavy rain.
"Drivers should travel with extra care and drive to the conditions. We strongly advise all road users plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website and Twitter feed for the latest information before setting off on your journey and factor in extra time as travel may take longer than usual.
"Listen to police advice and take conditions into account when planning your journey."
The fire service has issued advice to people who may use candles in the affected areas and to take care when using portable heaters to warm or dry their homes.
The Met Office said: "A waving cold front is expected to become slow moving over western Britain during Tuesday night and for much of Wednesday, associated with a strong, moist south-westerly airflow.
"Rainfall accumulations through this period are expected to be widely 20-40mm, with 80mm over some higher ground within the area, and the potential for some exposed locations in south-west Scotland to receive 100-150mm."