Severe weather set to continue throughout weekend

Motorists have been warned to expect flooding
Motorists have been warned to expect flooding

The heavy rain which swept across Falkirk overnight is likely to last throughout much of the day.

Combined with strong winds and the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, it will mean another miserable time for motorists.

The central belt is currently the subject of an amber rain warning with the current conditions not expected to ease until early on Sunday.

The Met Office has advised people to be prepared for the likelihood of flooding affecting properties and parts of communities.

Already this morning, the A883 at Checkbar has been closed due to flooding at M876 overbridge.

A yellow wind warning is also in force with gales linked to Storm Desmond expected to hit central Scotland at various times throughout the day and continuing into Sunday.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “People wishing to travel should consider the conditions, listen to radio reports, visit the Traffic Scotland website or twitter feed and take note of the latest police advice before starting their journeys. There may be some difficult driving conditions and motorists should take extra care.

“People should also be aware of the extra pressures being placed on the network by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, and consider whether journeys are necessary.”