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Weather warning as ice and snow expected across most of Scotland

Gale force winds of up to 60mph have been forecast for the west coast of Scotland.

Snow blizzards on the Drumochter Pass, A9, Scotland, between Inverness and Perth, January 28 2014 quality news image #wintergeneric winter2015
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The Met Office has warned of possible travel disruption as snow, ice and high winds are expected across most of the Scotland.

It has issued a yellow weather warning for Monday morning with the west coast of Scotland expected to be hit the hardest.

An inch of snow is expected at lower levels, with up to four inches forecast for areas over 1300ft.

Gale force winds of up to 60mph have been predicted for the west of Scotland but snow showers are expected to ease on Monday afternoon.

The Met Office has warned motorists to be aware of "tricky travel conditions generally and possible disruption to transport".

In the Western Isles, Stornoway Airport was closed for an hour from 8.30am on Monday.

Lochmaddy, Paible and Carinish schools have all been closed the roads have been affected by snowy conditions. The A859 was shut on Monday morning but later reopened.

A Met Office forecaster said: "We will see further wintry showers of sleet and snow on Monday, especially towards the west where there will be heavier pulses too.

"It will be driest towards Aberdeenshire with the best of the brightness along eastern coasts too. Monday will be a colder day than Sunday, with highs of only 5 or 6 degrees Celsius, and with the continued strong winds there will be a significant wind chill too.

"It will remain unsettled and windy for the next couple of days. Wintry showers will continue on Tuesday with snow to lower levels, and mainly sleet falling towards western coasts.

"The showers will become more confined to western parts into the afternoon with drier and brighter skies moving into the east.

"The westerly winds will stay strong, meaning it will feel closer to freezing outside with the wind chill.

"By Wednesday high pressure starts to build from the west meaning things will become more settled. Skies will be drier and brighter with plenty of March sunshine, and the winds will ease through the day too."

The weather warning covers the Highlands and Western Isles, parts of Grampian, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian and Borders.

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