Flooding is expected in parts of Scotland after an amber weather warning was issued for heavy rain. The Met Office alert, covering Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, forecasts 40-50mm of rain on Friday and warns flooding could pose a danger to life. Yellow alerts are also in place for rain in central Scotland and for snow and ice in northern areas.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued flood warnings in central and southern areas.
The amber warning runs from 03:00 until 12:00 GMT on Friday.
People in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders have been told to expect flooding in homes and businesses, with a “good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads”.
Car parks next to the River Nith in Dumfries, including the Whitesands, were closed on Thursday evening amid flooding concerns. Transport Secretary Jenny Gilruth said: “The conditions could potentially bring disruption to the transport network, so it’s important people plan their journeys before they set off – particularly if they’re looking to use the trunk roads or travel by rail.
“Motorists should make sure their routes are available, follow travel advice from Police Scotland and drive to the conditions. The Traffic Scotland website – traffic.gov.scot – offers the latest information on the trunk roads, and you can also follow @TrafficScotland on Twitter which is regularly updated.
Turning very wet overnight; rain for most and snow for some. Christopher has the latest. pic.twitter.com/LbAb8xN49C
— BBC Scotland Weather (@BBCScotWeather) December 29, 2022
“If you are planning to travel by rail, please check with your operator ahead of your journey to see if your service is affected.”
Superintendent Stewart Mackie, of Police Scotland’s road policing division, said people should consider delaying their travel plans until conditions improve.
“If your journey is essential, please plan ahead by making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies in your vehicle, a charged mobile telephone and always drive as the conditions allow,” he added.
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