SNOW storms, ice and gusts of up to 70mph are set to batter Edinburgh again today, threatening further travel disruption.
Forecasters issued a yellow weather warning for the weekend with icy roads and gale-force winds expected to make driving conditions difficult – particularly on roads on higher ground.
The storms have been whipped by an extra-powerful Atlantic jet stream triggered by plunging temperatures in the United States hitting warmer air in the south.
Transport disruption is due to take place for a second day, following widespread cancellations from Scotrail on Friday as engineers cleared debris from the tracks.
Network Rail – the firm responsible for Britain’s train network – said it had cleared 400 trees, garden debris and five trampolines from lines.
Many lines are expected to be closed today and passengers are reminded to check with their rail operator before travelling.
Gale-force winds reached more than 90mph in Edinburgh yesterday morning and left destruction in their wake throughout the day.
Rose Street was partially closed for more than five hours after gusts caused masonry to tumble from the roof of the Roxburghe Hotel, according to a Police Scotland spokeswoman.
A maintenance worker at the Roxburghe Hotel said yesterday: “It happened earlier this morning. It was some small chunks of masonry which came from the roof.
“As far as I am aware it was part of an old repair job on one of the chimneys which was damaged by last night’s high winds.
“Repair work is ongoing and we hope it will be completed by the end of the day.”
Police said the gales also caused damage to the roof of North Merchiston Care Home in the early hours of Friday morning.
A spokesman for Four Seasons Care Home said no disruption had been caused to services.
“The high winds caused damage to cladding on the side of North Merchiston Care Home and arrangements have been made for it to be repaired by the end of today,” he said.
“Part of the parking area was closed as a precautionary measure.”
Branches also crashed on to cars on Melville Terrace, causing damage to the fences surrounding the edge of the Meadows.
The raging winds continued to cause damage in the New Town yesterday afternoon as police reported the gusts caused a window pane to shatter at a house in Rutland Square.
Tiles also fell from the roof of a building which houses an RBS branch in Blenheim Place, in Leith, while trees toppled at Inverleith Park and the Meadows.