Storm Gertrude sweeps the Border region

The next winter storm is forecast to bring wet, windy and wintry weather to communities across the country this evening through to Saturday.

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Pictures: Snow blankets Borders

Snow has blanketed parts of the South of Scotland this morning, as a yellow weather warning for rain and snow remains in place.

The pitch at Melrose Rugby Club has received more than a dusting of snow.

The Met Office has warned of the dangers of ice building up on overhead cables, which could fall onto walkers below, and cause power outages.

Buccleugh Street, Melrose, this morning

Snow and wind weekend warnings

Alerts for snow and wind are in force this weekend through the Scottish Borders. All flood warnings have been removed.

  • Yellow warning (Be Aware) warning for wind is in place until 6.00pm tonight.
  • An Amber (Be Prepared) warning for wind and snow then comes into force from 6.00pm tonight until 11.00am on Saturday.
  • A Yellow (Be Aware) for wind and snow in place until 6.00pm tomorrow.
  • An early Yellow for wind is in place from 12.05am until 11.55pm on Monday.

Scottish Borders Council is urging residents to take extreme care over the weekend.

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School girl hit by building site gate

The building site gate that blew open onto the teenage girl Credit: ITV Border

A school girl is in hospital after being hit by a building site gate in Penrith this morning.

The girl, aged around 12, was injured as she walked on the pavement past the building site of the new Premier Inn where a wooden gate blew open and hit her.

The girl's injuries are not know at this stage.

Our thoughts are with the girl and her family at this difficult time. We will be working with the site contractor to conduct a full inquiry into what happened.

– Premier Inn spokesperson
The building site at Penrith's new Premier Inn, where the gate blew open Credit: ITV Border

Rain warning cancelled for Dumfries and Galloway

The overnight force of Storm Gertrude has had little impact across Dumfries and Galloway.

The Met Office have cancelled the Yellow warning (be aware) for rain that was issued yesterday.

River levels across the region peaked overnight but have since dropped and remain at a safe and steady level.

Warnings for 70mph winds are still in place until this evening and commuters should drive accordingly to the weather.

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