Weather latest: Snow expected to be replaced by high winds and rain

Pupils walk through the snow to school this morning in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen
Pupils walk through the snow to school this morning in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Strong winds and rain are expected to batter central Scotland tonight as the recent spell of bad weather enters a second week.

The Met Office today issued a yellow warning as the snow and sleet that fell across the Falkirk district today is gradually replaced by wet and windy conditions.

All schools and council buildings were open as normal on Wednesday as the local authority stepped up its gritting and snow clearance programmes.

There was no repeat this week of the transport chaos that caused havoc for commuters last Friday when all rail services were suspended at the morning rush hour peak.

Services on the Glasgow-Edinburgh mainline were restored around mid-morning but were frequently switched to Falkirk Grahamston at short notice, causing long delays and confusion for the dozens of passengers waiting at Falkirk High.

Disgruntled commuter Heather Munro said: “I arrived at Falkirk High and we did, at one point, manage to actually get on a train for 10 minutes - only to then be punted off due to damage to the train, which was then cancelled.

“Eventually we were told the next train was no longer calling at Falkirk High and we were all advised by announcement to go to Grahamston. The entire platform crowd made their way to Grahamston, by foot, car and taxis, only to arrive and be told the train had changed its mind and decided to go to High Station after all. By this time, we had missed it.

“Making our way back to the High station, after further delays, the announcement was finally made that no trains would come through the High and to make our way to Grhamston.

“Having already been to Grahamston, and due to a lack of information from staff who were unsure themselves of what was happening, we were advised it best to go to Polmont, only for the Edinburgh train to now experience delays of up to 40 minutes.”

ScotRail apologised via its Twitter feed to passengers who were caught up in the disruption.

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