Storms: High winds cause traffic disruption. Pic: © STV
Residents in the north of Scotland are being warned to take precautions against severe weather which has already battered the south of the country.
Gale-force winds which have battered the south of Scotland are expected to arrive in the north and east later on Tuesday.
Strong winds have already affected travel and prompted the cancellation of the 5pm Kirkwall to Aberdeen ferry.
Flights to and from Barra and Wick are suffering delays while flights from Islay have been cancelled.
Revellers returning from Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh or Glasgow have been hit by rail cancellations from both cities.
Skye bridge has now been closed to high-sided vehicles.
Scotland’s ski centres remain closed but are reporting heavy snowfall across higher ground.
The snow is filling in runs which have been closed over the festive period, but stormy weather means the centres will be struggling to open to visitors.
Across Grampian the snow gates are closed on the A93 road at Glenshee after up to four inches fell overnight.
The A939 Gairnshiel to Tomintoul road is also closed due to snow while the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn route is passable with care.
Motorists are being warned to prepare for the poor weather conditions if they are travelling, and make sure cars are packed with enough fuel and supplies.
Many roads in the Highlands are also affected by snow and ice, though all remain open except the A890 which is still closed due to a landslide before Christmas.
The main A9 route is badly affected by snow at Carrbridge but is passable with care. The unclassified Lochcarron to Applecross route is closed at Bealach na ba.
Ferries between Aberdeen and Kirkwall are under review because of adverse weather.
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