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Advice issued as blizzards to batter Scotland this weekend

Forecasters are warning of the possibility of widespread disruption as the first heavy snowfall of the season arrives this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning as blizzards and strong winds are expected to sweep the region over Saturday and Sunday.

North Scotland is expected to bear the brunt of this, with meteorologists anticipating four to eight inches of snow lying on lower ground, and as much as 16ins settling on the hills.

And while scores of gritters – with names including Sprinkles, Sir Grits-A-Lot and Plougher O’Scotland – will be out in force across the country, motorists are being told to check the latest advice before they commit to travelling anywhere.

There is also a risk of trains, ferries and flights being cancelled, and Loganair is offering passengers the chance to rebook for a later date to prevent disappointment if their journeys are called off at short notice.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “At the moment, the heaviest snow is expected over higher ground in Scotland with the chance of drifting snow due to strong winds.

“Snow is also expected to settle at lower levels in Scotland and parts of northern England, with the risk of freezing rain and ice on Saturday night.”

Stein Connelly, from Transport Scotland, said: “This weather has potential to cause travel disruption, particularly over higher routes.

“As always we encourage motorists to plan their routes ahead of time, leave plenty of time for your journey, follow Police Scotland travel advice and drive to the conditions.”

Anyone with a Loganair flight to or from Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow this weekend is being given the chance to rebook on an alternative flight between now and next Sunday.

An airline spokesman said: “There will be no change fee or difference in fare payable – if there is a seat available on an earlier or later flight, customers can transfer a booking to that flight without charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Customers choosing to remain with their original travel plans should rest assured that Loganair will do everything that it safely can to fly to passenger’s intended destination as close to the scheduled time as possible.”

He added: “It is continuing to plan to fly all its scheduled services and has standby aircraft and crews in place to help recover any disrupted services as soon as reasonably possible once weather conditions permit.”

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