Local News for Wednesday 11th January 2017
Three days of winter
The islands fall under three consecutive Met Office weather warnings from this morning, with snow, gale force winds and lightning among the winter treats in store. Although the worst snowfall is expected away from the West coast and islands, strong winds will gust up to 70 mph today and, coupled with the snowfall, could bring periods of blizzard conditions. A weather warning came into force just after midnight last night, and remains until tonight. There’s a second warning for snow and ice tomorrow, and a third for Friday. Ferry disruption is expected to be widespread today – sailings between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy and between Oban and Castlebay were cancelled early, and further cancellations are expected this morning. CalMac Operations Director Drew Collier said: "Weather forecasts for across the west of Scotland are predicting a windy and cold run up to the weekend. We will review sailings on a case by case basis but would advise anyone planning to travel by ferry to take this into account when planning journeys in the next few days."