YELLOW warnings have been issued for the Borders as Storm Ciara hits the UK this weekend.

The Borders is expected to be battered by wind, rain, sleet and snow from tomorrow (Saturday) until Tuesday of next week.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "One or more periods of heavy rain are expected across Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland through late Saturday and early Sunday, leading to some travel disruption and flooding.

"20-40 mm will fall quite widely, with a few hilly areas receiving 60-80 mm, all within about 18 hours.

"Poor travel conditions will be exacerbated by the very strong winds, for which separate warnings are in force. Rain will give way to squally showers later on Sunday morning.

"Frequent and heavy snow showers will affect the region throughout Monday and Tuesday.

"Snow showers will mainly be over high ground, giving slight accumulations of 1 to 3 cm above 150 metres and 5-10cm above 300 metres. Snow will gradually build up and, in a few locations, accumulations of over 20 cm are possible by Tuesday evening over the highest routes.

"Strong winds, gusting 50-60 mph, will lead to blizzard conditions at times and considerable drifting of lying snow.

"Frequent lightning strikes are also possible, perhaps leading to interruptions to power supplies."

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