Scotland is set to be battered with severe windy weather and rain this week as the chances of a white Christmas continue to look increasingly less likely.
A 200mph jetstream will bring powerful weather systems across the north and north-east, with forecasters issuing strong temperature contrasts across North America could intensify things this week.
The news comes just hours after the Met Office said storm-force gales of up to 63mph could blight Christmas Day and the days running up to it.
The forecaster warned the whole of Scotland could be affected at the weekend with travel disruption expected.
Transport Scotland will be liaising with the National Traffic Control Centre this week to ensure routes are kept as clear as possible.
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: “As always, we will be working at the National Traffic Control Centre across the next week to monitor the trunk road network and to make sure that drivers get the information they need to plan their journeys.
“Our operating companies get regular forecasts and prepare accordingly.”