The Met Office has today (Thursday 20 February) issued a fresh warning of gales for Saturday (22 February), affecting all of Scotland including the Western Isles.

The warning, issued at 9.37am today, covers the period from 6am to 10pm on Saturday and warns of delays to transport, potential loss of power supply and spray from coastal waves on shoreside routes and causeways.

It says: “Strong, gusty winds are expected across Scotland …during Saturday. The strongest winds will likely occur in the vicinity of heavy, squally showers. Whilst not all areas will see the strongest winds, gusts pf 55-65mph are expected in places. Exposed parts of northern and western Scotland may see gusts of 65-75mph.

“Showers will fall as a mixture of rain, hail and sleet with snow accumulations expected to be restricted to higher ground (above 200-300m). Winds will gradually moderate during Saturday evening.”

The Met Office warning has been followed by an early warning from CalMac that sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool could be disrupted or cancelled at short notice tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.