The Western Isles look set to dodge the worst impacts of Storm Christoph, the third named storm of the winter, with Met Office warnings so far leaving the islands untouched.

But strong winds further south and the effects of these on sea conditions tomorrow (Thursday 21 January) will affect ferry services throughout the islands.

CalMac has brought tomorrow morning’s first service from Lochmaddy forward to sail at 8pm tonight, Wednesday, in the face of likely disruption from rough seas and strong winds, with Uig triangle services all liable to disruption throughout Thursday.

MV Loch Seaforth will attempt a crossing from Stornoway at 7am on Thursday, but will then remain tied up in Ullapool, with all services through Thursday and overnight freight sailings cancelled.

The first attempt at resuming the service will be made with Friday’s 10.30am sailing from Ullapool.

Early sailings across the Sound of Barra are also cancelled, with all services on that route liable to disruption through tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for rain and north winds gusting up to 50mph at times, with low temperatures through the day and sleet following on Friday.