HELENSBURGH and Lomond residents are being warned to brace themselves for severe weather conditions this weekend, with possible snow storms early next week.

Forecasters at the Met Office have issued a yellow weather alert for the area, with more than 24 hours of severe weather predicted.

The low pressure system, which has been named Storm Ciara, is expected to bring gales reaching up to 70mph to parts of the country, with fears this could spark travel chaos.

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The Met Office warning reads: “There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs”.

The alert begins at 6pm on Saturday and ends at midnight on Sunday.

The Met Office added: “There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.”

A further yellow warning, this time for heavy snow and strong winds, has also been issued from midnight on Monday, February 10 until 12 noon on Tuesday.

Further information is are available at metoffice.gov.uk.

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