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BRRRACE YOURSELF; Snow, gales, rain and super-tides on way.

Byline: Craig McDonald

Scotland was last night braced for an 80mph weather bomb which will see snow, wind, rain and super-tides lash the country.

The Met Office forecast up to 4in of snow will fall on higher ground today, with flurries affecting much of the rest of the country.

The west coast will experience the highest waves in the world from today until Tuesday, with forecasters predicting winds reaching 80mph. The Met Office last night said an approaching Atlantic storm qualifies as rapid cyclogenesis - or a weather bomb.

Forecasters said the west of the country also faces the possibility of thundersnow from today - the rare phenomenon of lightning illuminating snow flurries, caused by unstable warm air thermals slicing through cold air. It's feared ice will cause major disruption at morning rush-hour tomorrow and Tuesday as temperatures plummet to below freezing.

And so-called super-tides - only experienced once every two decades - will also peak this weekend. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued flood warnings in the north-east.

SEPA's Vincent Fitzsimons said: "Some unusually high spring tides will occur over the next few days. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun."

The RAC's Pete Williams said: "Drivers are advised to expect the worst and be prepared to change travel plans. High winds and blizzards could make driving treacherous."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 22, 2015
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