THE Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for the Borders, stating that heavy snowfall is expected to hit the region from 2pm today (Tuesday, February 11).

Although an Amber warning was in place over the weekend, due to the impact of Storm Ciara, this was demoted to a Yellow warning for the beginning of this week.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said: "Snow showers will become frequent and heavy at times through Tuesday afternoon and evening giving accumulations of 10 cm of snow within a few hours, particularly above 150 metres.

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

Travel disruption and delays are expected, but there is also a risk that rural communities could be cut off and motorists may be left stranded.

There is also a risk of power cuts due to the high winds, which may also impact mobile phone signal.

The Amber warning for the Borders will be in place until 9pm and will return to a Yellow warning tomorrow (February 12).