Storm Conor brings snow and wind to Scotland

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image captionThere was heavy overnight snow at Keith in Moray

Parts of Scotland have been hit by heavy snow showers and strong winds as Storm Conor swept across the north of the country.

Winds speeds of 94mph have been recorded on Shetland, with Orkney seeing gusts of up to 80mph.

Snow has also fallen across parts of northern Scotland, including Moray and Aberdeenshire.

An amber warning of high winds across the far north-east and the Northern Isles is in place until 18:00.

Lesser yellow warnings have been issued for much of the rest of Scotland.

The highest wind gust recorded so far was 94mph at Sella Ness on Shetland, with Lerwick seeing speeds of up to 87mph. Orkney was facing peak speeds of 75-80mph.

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image captionSnow has fallen on routes including the A9 at the Slochd, north of Aviemore
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image captionChristmas Day winds blew the roof off a barn in Birsay, Orkney, and knocked down a garden fence in the process

Met Office duty forecaster Matt Roe said: "It's pretty windy elsewhere. We've got around 60mph on the west coast. Elsewhere, it's a pretty blustery day, up to around 40mph, maybe 50mph.

"We've got some fairly heavy showers too and these are falling as snow across central and northern parts of Scotland. There are some fairly heavy snow showers across the Highlands as well.

"It's basically a cold, windy day across Scotland with a mix of everything. There's frequent lightning as well with some of those showers in the north."

The worst of the wind should have eased by midnight.

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image captionBT said it had moved extra engineers to the Highlands and Islands to tackle any Storm Conor damage to telephone wires

There has been some disruption to power supplies, with more expected as Storm Conor reaches its peak on Monday afternoon.

Supplies were said to be being restored quickly in affected areas and extra staff, equipment and welfare facilities have been put in place.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf chaired a further meeting of the Scottish government's resilience team on Boxing Day morning.

Wintry showers

Travellers have been urged to check for any disruption before setting off, with Traffic Scotland reporting sporadic wintry showers on roads such as the A9, M8, M90 and the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass.

High wind warnings were in place on bridges such as the Clackmannanshire Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Dornoch Bridge and Erskine Bridge.

Ferry operators CalMac and Northlink warned that services were subject to delays or cancellation at short notice due to Storm Conor.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had four flood alerts in place on Boxing Day for Caithness and Sutherland, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

Alerts and warnings which were in place for more southern parts of Scotland are no longer in force.

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image captionFerry operator CalMac says some of its Boxing Day services out of Oban have been cancelled

The centre of the storm is actually north of the UK, nearer Norway.

Mr Roe explained: "We're on the southern fringe. The southern extent of the strongest winds will be moving eastwards across more northern parts of Scotland during the afternoon.

"The north of Scotland will be feeling the brunt of Storm Conor, particularly the Northern Isles."

The Boxing Day blizzards followed a very mild Christmas Day.

Dyce in Aberdeenshire recorded a temperature of 15.1C, just shy of the record of 15.6C (60F) registered in Devon in 1920.

But the lead-up to Christmas saw Storm Barbara cause some disruption, with 25,000 homes in the north of Scotland without power on Friday.

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