Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a flood alert for the Borders as the snow begins to melt.

The alert comes hours after a yellow (be aware) warning was issued by the Met Office for rain. 

SEPA said: "Persistent rain is forecast to affect the Borders on Monday evening and again on Tuesday.

"This in combination with melting snow in lower areas brings a risk of flooding from surface water. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller rivers on Tuesday."

The forecast for the Scottish Borders by the Met Office states: "Scattered snow showers will affect northern Scotland during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"A spell of persistent rain and hill snow is expected to develop through Tuesday morning across southern Scotland, extending into northern Scotland in the afternoon and evening."

"Delays to travel and public transport could occur from snow on higher ground.

"Spray and flooding on low level roads will probably make journey times longer.

"A band of rain and hill snow is expected to push north across Scotland during the early part of Tuesday, becoming slow moving, before weakening through the day.

"5-10 cm of snow is likely to accumulate over higher routes, such as the A9, above 200 m, with 10-15 cm possible on the highest routes above 400 m.

"Below 200m rain is expected and 20-30 mm is possible along eastern coastal regions.

"This rain combined with snow melt may lead to some surface flooding of roads."