The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of very windy weather with gusts increasing during Wednesday afternoon and evening, accompanied by increasingly wintry showers.

By evening several cm of snow will begin to accumulate away from western coasts, especially over higher ground. In combination with gale force winds, travel conditions will start to turn very tricky, resulting in longer travel travel times.

The Forth Road Bridge was closed this morning after a lorry was blown over.