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Worst of Storm Arwen in Scotland has ‘now passed’, forecasters have said

The worst of Storm Arwen is over in Scotland, according to forecasters.

A rare red weather warning was issued for eastern yesterday ahead of 80mph winds battering coastal areas.

Fallen trees and flying debris cause chaos on Scotland roads and transport links, with a number of major routes closed off to Scots.

The Met Office has now said that there are signs that Storm Arwen is beginning to ‘abate’ as it starts to clear the UK.

The strong winds resulted in heavy disruption on Scotland’s roads and rail lines

Early data shows that the north east of England saw the worst of the conditions, with gusts reaching 98mph in Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and the Moray coast were identified as some of the worst impacted areas.

Wave heights of 11 metres were also recorded in the outer Firth of Forth yesterday.

Scotland has now been removed from a yellow ‘danger to life’ weather warning for wind today as gusts are now deemed to be “well past their peak”.

But Scots have been told to prepare for rain, sleet and snow later today, with temperatures also expected to plummet lows as far as -5C overnight.

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Storm Arwen has delivered some dangerously strong winds overnight, with gusts in excess of 90mph recorded and sustained windspeeds of over 60mph. The strong winds will move south across the UK through the day, gradually weakening.

“Warnings are in still in force through the day and there has been widespread disruption so check and follow advice from local authorities before you head out.

“There is a chance of snow in some locations, particularly the higher ground in Scotland and Northern England where we have already seen some accumulations. Any snow falling at lower levels is likely to be short lived.”

A yellow weather warning for ice has now been put in place for northern and eastern areas of Scotland.

Forecasters have warned that some roads, pavements and cycle paths may be slippery from 5pm this evening until 11am tomorrow.

Dundee, Stirling, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands are among the areas affected by the warning.

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