MILLIONS on the move for the Christmas holidays have been warned to prepare for major disruption, as Scotland braces itself for severe gales and heavy rainfall.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning from this morning, with the threat of gusts of up to 90mph and flooding in pockets of the UK, as many people head to friends or family over the festive period.
Although the day started calmly, bad weather is expected in the central belt as a band of rain moves in over the Galloway Hills.
Motorists have been warned to expect delays, particularly on routes to northern and western parts of Scotland, while train operators and bus firms throughout the UK have drawn up contingency plans.
Drivers have also been advised to watch out for restrictions on road bridges, as well as road closures as a result of falling debris such as trees.
Met Office forecaster Dave Clark said: “The winds will also start to pick up, with gale force winds expected. It could touch severe gale force in a few places in the Western Isles, with the chance of ferry services being disrupted.”