A WEATHER warning for snow and rain has been issued covering the majority of the Borders.

The yellow Met Office alert kicks in at 8am tomorrow (Saturday, December 30) and lasts until 3pm.

Towns covered under the warning include Galashiels, Peebles, Melrose and Selkirk.

Eyemouth is not included in the alert.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A band of rain, with snow on high ground for a time, will extend northeast across southern Scotland on Saturday morning, clearing from the west in the afternoon. Rainfall totals of 15 to 25mm are expected across the warning area in a few hours, and 30 to 40mm possible over hills, along with two to five centimetres of snow above 250-300 metres.

“Check if your property could be at risk of flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit. Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

“People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items.

“Snowy, wintry weather can cause delays and make driving conditions dangerous. Keep yourself and others safe by planning your route, giving yourself extra time for your journey. Check for road closures or delays to public transport and amend plans if necessary.

“If driving, make sure you have some essentials in your car in the event of any delays (e.g. warm clothing, food, water, a blanket, a torch, ice scraper/de-icer, a warning triangle, high visibility vest and an in-car phone charger).

“Be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.”