A weather warning for "heavy snow and strong winds" has been put in place covering the whole of Inverclyde.

The west of Scotland is braced for Storm Ciara, which is set to bring 80mph gusts from the Atlantic. 

Travel problems are set to begin this weekend, with CalMac warning of likely disruption on all their routes. 

The Met Office have put a warning for strong winds on both Saturday and Sunday, before adding an additional snow warning for Monday and Tuesday. 

Their yellow warning statement says: "Heavy snow and strong winds will combine to lead to disruption to travel , especially over higher routes.

"There is a chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel".

STV weather forecaster Sean Batty has warned it is "time to prepare for a tumultuous week as low-pressure systems barrel in from the Atlantic."

He added: "Expect to hear the term ‘weather bomb’ in the coming days, as the storm is expected to intensify rapidly on Sunday as it moves towards Scotland.

"From Storm Ciara we should expect winds to gust up to 60mph on the mainland and as high as 80mph around the northern and western coasts and islands.

"We’re in for a very unsettled time with the risk of damaging winds, flooding and travel disruption."

His comments come as ferry operator CalMac issued a warning of potential travel disruption from the incoming storm.

CalMac's Director of Operations Robert Morrison said: "Weather for the weekend is looking extremely problematic as far as delivering a scheduled timetable.

"There is a very high possibility of weather related disruption to services across all 28 of our routes so people should be aware of this before setting off on their journey.

"We will of course be looking keep sailings running when conditions allow.

"I would urge passengers to allow extra time for their journey, keep track of the status of their sailing on the website or on social media and be prepared for delays and cancellations."

CalMac customers can sign up for a text alert service via calmac.co.uk