Severe weather is set to affect the Western Isles through until Friday highlights
the Met Office as it updates a series of weather warnings.
The latest forecasts of bitterly cold winds sweeping down from the Arctic have firmed
up predictions of strong winds, ice, snow and lightning.
A storm will batter the Hebrides overnight with gusts of to 70 mph or more likely
in the early hours of Wednesday.
Thundery wintry or hail showers may accompany strong winds over the day while the
risk of lightning hitting the electricity network has the potential to cause power
The Met Office said by evening several centimetres of snow will begin to accumulate
away from western coasts, especially over higher ground.
On Thursday, heavy, squally wintry showers are forecast across much of Scotland including
the islands. Many of the showers will fall as snow away from western coasts, with
ice, hail and lightning posing additional hazards.
Up to 20 cm of snow may accumulate over some higher ground during the day, with drifting
and blizzard conditions at times. Several centimetres of snow may affect some lower-lying
Road and rail services may be affected with delays and cancellations possible. People
should expect longer journey times.
Ice, lightning and strong winds will continue to pose additional hazards said the