Wind, ice and snow continue to pose problems throughout the region

Power workers battled to restore electricity to 100,000 homes.

After being battered by gale force winds for several days Moray residents are being warned to expect more adverse weather that is likely to hit any travel arrangements they may have.

The latest hazard facing motorists will be snowfalls and heavy rain with the Met Office saying localised flooding may also result from melting snow as temperatures fluctuate.

In the latest yellow alert to be published for the Grampian region, forecasters say: “An active frontal system is bringing an area of rain and hill snow eastwards across Scotland.

“This will be followed by further persistent heavy rain for areas exposed to the west during Sunday night, where 25-50 mm of rain is expected to fall (much smaller amounts to the east of high ground).

“The combination of further heavy rainfall and also melting of lying snow over the hills will increase the risk of localised flooding as rivers respond during Monday.”

Forecaster Matt Low said that temperatures in the region would be switching rapidly from freezing overnight to 4C in the daytime, adding: “On Monday and Tuesday cold air is returning from the west and some snow showers yet to come throughout Moray and Aberdeenshire.”

Throughout the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Moray Scottish and Southern Energy say they restored power to around 100,000 customers over the weekend, with almost 9000 homes and business still waiting to have their electricity restored late on Sunday.

Scotrail services appeared to be getting back to normal after the widespread cancellations affecting the Aberdeen to Inverness line on Friday and through the weekend, although the 7.23am service from Elgin to Inverness has been cancelled this morning that is reported to be due to a member of the train crew not being available.

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