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Preparations for some wild winter weather are ramping up today (Tuesday 23 November) with the issue of a yellow alert from the Met Office at 10am.

The warning of a period of very strong winds across Scotland between noon and midnight on Friday is followed by a second alert, for very windy weather across the UK, throughout Saturday.

The Met Office said this morning: “The strongest winds will arrive across northern Scotland during Friday afternoon.

“The location and strength of the very strongest winds remains uncertain. However, gusts seem likely to reach 50-60mph widely, with 70-80mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland.”

CalMac is already beginning to respond to the onset of northerly winds and swell, with passenger sailings from tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Stornoway Ullapool service on standby for disruption and tomorrow night’s freight sailings cancelled.

And with wintry showers set to accompany the strong winds, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday issued a travel warning for the islands on social media.

They said: “The weather is forecast to turn colder from the middle of the week. The public are advised to take care and travel to the conditions.”