Vincent Fitzsimmons, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:
“The main focus over the next few days is the very high winds which may cause some spray overtopping around Western, Northern, Moray and Aberdeenshire coasts. Flood alerts are out for these areas, but we do not expect widespread flooding.
“There are a few bands of rain moving over the country over the weekend and we expect this, combined with snowmelt in some areas, to cause a rise in rivers levels. Again impacts are expected to be limited to low-lying agricultural land and minor roads.
“Further rain is forecast at the beginning of next week, which could cause some flooding issues in areas that are already saturated. We will closely monitor this over the coming days and issue updates if needed.
"We encourage people to keep an eye on our flood alerts and warnings, which can be accessed via our website at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/ or through Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Both are updated in real time. You can also sign up to get them sent direct to your phone, for free, via Floodline or online at http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/.”