An amber weather warning of heavy snow showers has been issued across southern Scotland.
The Met Office alert is in place from : (to 90: 10 over much of Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders and into South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire.
Snow showers were expected to become “frequent and heavy” with up to (cm (4in) expected in a few hours.
Strong winds – gusting to over 90 mph – were forecast to lead to “blizzard conditions” at times.
The Met Office said travel delays were “likely” with the possibility of vehicles and passengers becoming stranded.
It also warned of potential rail cancellations and said there was a “good chance” some rural communities could become cut off.
It said power cuts were likely and mobile phone coverage could be affected.
Dumfries and Galloway Council said a multi-agency meeting had been arranged ahead of the weather warning.
It said it was monitoring the situation and would issue any updates “as appropriate”.
A further weather warning – yellow this time – has been issued for rain across much of southern Scotland on Friday.
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