BEAR Scotland is warning road users to expect restrictions on high sided vehicles and a possible full closure of the A1 later today when the strongest winds from Storm Arwen arrive on the east coast of Scotland.
The Met Office has issued a Red warning for wind, with gusts of up to 84mph forecast on exposed sections of the A1 near Torness.
Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s Network Manager for South East Scotland, said: “Based on this weather forecast, we expect the A1 to close to high sided vehicles later today. Traffic should divert via the A68 when this happens.
“If we experience the very high wind speeds that are forecast, this will result in a full closure of the A1 around the affected area.
“Please take great care if you have to use the roads today and check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting off.
“Drivers of high sided and wind susceptible vehicles such as motorbikes, caravans, and cars with trailers or roof boxes should take particular care.”
With sleet and snow is forecast on higher routes, BEAR Scotland will have 26 gritters treating trunk roads in South East Scotland this evening and a further 13 on patrol overnight. Patrols will also monitor the Queensferry Crossing for ice.