Weather warnings in force for South Ayrshire

High winds and seas battered the Carrick coast last week
High winds and seas battered the Carrick coast last week

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for South Ayrshire this week with possible sleet, snow and high winds expected.

For South Ayrshire there was a Yellow warning of snow for today (Wednesday, January 14).

Frequent showers of sleet or snow were expected to affect Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Accumulations of 2-4 cm of snow are likely above about 100m, but also to low levels locally. Icy patches are likely to develop. Hail and lightning will be additional hazards, especially close to western coasts.

The Met Office expected a persistent spell of sleet and snow to settle at low levels across Scotland on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning with the public warned to be aware of the risk of disruption to transport.

A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track north-eastwards, probably crossing the northwest of Scotland early on Thursday.

To the south of this system, gales or severe gales are expected to develop. Gusts of 50-65 mph are likely quite widely through the warning area, whilst gusts of 75 mph are likely around southern and western coasts and over exposed hills.

The Met Office said the public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.

Last week South Ayrshire, along with much of the north-west coast of Scotland was battered by high winds, however Carrick escaped the power cuts and disruption experienced elsewhere.