Storm Bella will bring high winds and heavy rain to Scotland on Boxing Day, forecasters have warned.

Winds of up to 70mph are expected in exposed coastal locations of the UK and further downpours are also due.

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Meanwhile, a yellow warning of wind for the far south of Scotland has also been issued and will be in force from 3pm on Boxing Day, as well as a yellow warning for rain.

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The warnings are in effect from 9am until midnight on Boxing Day and apply to many Scots in the west of Scotland, north of Glasgow.

According to forecasters, Scots should brace themselves for likelihood of localised flooding and travel disruption, with affected areas stretching from Cape Wrath to Helensburgh.

Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday and early morning, with snowfall recorded in some areas.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has warned of potential disruption to travel due to flooding of low lying land - with 13 flood alerts and seven warnings in place across Scotland. 

A flood alert which covers Glasgow and West Central Scotland reads: "Heavy rain on Saturday - Boxing Day - could cause flooding of low lying land and roads from surface water and small watercourses, particularly in known trouble spots.

"There may be local disruption to travel. Due to a combination of storm surge and high waves, there is also a risk of isolated spray and wave overtopping, particularly along sections of west or south west facing coast line."

Sepa currently has flood alerts in place for the following areas:

  • Tayside
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Caithness and Sutherland
  • Central
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Easter Ross and Great Glen
  • Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside
  • Orkney
  • Skye and Lochaber
  • West Central Scotland
  • Wester Ross
  • Western Isles