Gales gusting to 60 or 70mph are expected to bring further travel disruption, especially on ferries and road bridges as thenation struggles to cope with its latest winter woes.

Yesterday, snow caused chaos across parts of the country, shutting Inverness Airport for a while and forcing 30 Highland schools to close or open late.

A number of flights from Stornoway, Lewis, and Sumburgh on Shetland were affected while ground crews cleared runways.

The greatest disruption was reserved for the roads, with multiple crashes and breakdowns closing routes from the far north to the Borders.

The A9 was blocked southbound near Drumochter by a crash involving several vehicles, while the A75 was shut for several hours between Annan and Gretna due to a pile-up.

The A82 saw disruption at the King’s House Hotel near Bridge of Orchy, while snow gates were closed on the B974 Cairn O’ Mount and there were problems on the M9 and M876 motorways.

In Argyll, police at Oban tweeted that two lorries had jackknifed on the A85 at Dalmally.

The prospect of severe gales has prompted CalMac to cancel or rearrange a number of sailings on the west coast today.

Charlie Powell, of the Met Office, said: “Wednesday morning is looking pretty grotty. Even when the rain stops, the wind will persist all day.

“We’ve seen close to 60mph gusts at Machrahanish and it could get as high, if not higher.

“On the extreme west coast, I would not be surprised if winds touch 70mph, meaning continued problems for transport.”

Daily Express

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