Storm Bella: Met Office weather alert released for Scotland

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Warning of the weather

Storm Bella will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Scotland on Boxing Day, meteorologists said.

Winds of up to 70 mph are expected in exposed coastal areas of Britain, and more rain is also expected.

Snow and ice warnings for parts of Scotland

Meanwhile, a yellow wind warning has also been issued for the far south of Scotland, which will be in effect from 3 p.m. on Boxing Day.

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The warnings are in effect from 9 a.m. until midnight on Boxing Day and affect many Scots in the west of Scotland, north of Glasgow.

Meteorologists say Scots should prepare for the likelihood of localized flooding and travel disruptions, with affected areas stretching from Cape Wrath to Helensburgh.

Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday and early this morning, with snowfall recorded in some areas.

Storm #StormBella is on the way. Parts of the UK are expected to be affected by heavy rain and severe storms during #BoxingDay and into Sunday morning.

A yellow warning for wind in parts of the south and southwest has been issued https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs
Stay #WeatherAware pic.twitter.com/h77A2khoyf
– Met Office (@metoffice) December 25, 2020

Meanwhile, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has warned of possible travel disruption due to flooding in low-lying areas – with 13 flood warnings and seven alerts across Scotland.

A flood warning covering Glasgow and west-central Scotland reads, “Heavy rainfall on Saturday – Boxing Day – could lead to flooding of low-lying land and roads from surface water and small watercourses, particularly in known problem areas.

“Localized travel disruptions may occur. Due to a combination of storm surge and high waves, there is also a risk of isolated spray and wave overtopping, particularly along sections of the western or southwestern coastline.”

Sepa currently has flood warnings in effect for the following areas:

Tayside

Argyll and Bute

Ayrshire and Arran

Caithness and Sutherland

Central

Dumfries and Galloway

Easter Ross and Great Glen

Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside

Orkney

Skye and Lochaber

West Central Scotland

Western Ross

Western Isles

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