South Scotland

Eastern Scotland warned about heavy rain and floods

Van in flooding in Aberdeenshire
Image caption Traffic in the Aberdeenshire area has already encountered problems

A warning of heavy downpours has been issued by the Met Office for eastern parts of Scotland.

It covers parts of the Highlands, Grampian, Lothian, the Scottish Borders, Central, Tayside and Fife.

The heaviest rain will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds with a warning of surface water flooding and poor driving conditions.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued three flood warnings across Speyside and Kintore.

Heavy snowfalls have also been reported over the hills and mountains in the Highlands.

CairnGorm Mountain ski resort said it had been snowing heavily for 36 hours and snow was also drifting.

The Met Office said the worst rain was expected in Moray, Strathspey, the Border hills and the Cheviots.

The warning is in place until midnight on Thursday.

BBC Scotland weather presenter Christopher Blanchett said low pressure was dominating Scotland's weather this week.

"It is feeding in bands of persistent rain across the south east and north east of the country. They are also accompanied by strong north easterly winds," he said

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