Blizzards and gale force winds are being predicted across Argyll and Bute today (Monday February 4).
The Met Office has issued an amber alert for wind and yellow alert for snow, with gales topping 70mph and heavy snow forecast.
They predict: “Exposed western coasts are likely to be affected by unusually high sea and swell conditions, although fortunately tides, (being neap), will make only a relatively small contribution on this occasion.
“The high winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally wintry showers, these probably falling largely as sleet and hail on coasts, but readily turning to snow inland and at any elevation. 10 to 15 cm of snow may affect higher level routes, with severe drifting and temporary blizzard conditions.
“Conditions further up on the mountains will be atrocious. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially to travel.”
Ferries on the Clyde and further afield have been disrupted all day, with Clydelink trying to keep commuters on the Gourock to Kilcreggan service up date with its Twitter feed.
The Island Princess returned to the route last week, just days after MSP Jackie Baillie highlighted that four months had passed since the boat was taken off the route to be upgraded.
SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan wrote to the Dumbarton constituency MSP to confirm this, saying: “Island Princess has had many passenger enhancements added together with improved operational characteristics and during the period of the re-fit the Cailin Oir provided a very reliable service.
“The public subsidy saving in the 10 months since the contract commenced in April 2012 is now over £150,000 compared to the previous contract and is very beneficial to other public service provision that SPT maintains.”
Sailings were disrupted by the weather today, and on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week.