Storm-force winds have brought major travel disruption to the North-east.
Gusts of more than 70 miles an hour and lashing rain swept in during the morning commute with fallen trees and other debris blocking many minor routes.
A number of schools in the region were forced to close because of power loss and problems with pupil transport.
Power supplies to homes in some parts of Aberdeenshire have also been disrupted.
The Met Office upgraded their severe weather alert from yellow to amber overnight as conditions significantly deteriorated.
Network Rail closed all lines in Scotland this morning as a precaution. Aberdeen Airport was advising travellers to contact their airline as the airport was experiencing some cancellations and delays due to the high winds.
The gales are expected to ease during the day to be replaced by much colder air accompanied by heavy snow showers, even to lower levels.