MORAY Council has issued a warning to residents as Storm Caroline hits the area.
High winds, spring tides and large waves are expected today leading to overtopping at low-lying areas of coastline.
Blizzard conditions are expected to arrive later in the day, affecting high ground initially but spreading to all parts of Moray by the weekend.
A council statement said: "To combat this 'perfect storm' of demands on the council's services, teams are on standby to deliver sandbags to known hotspots that are likely to be affected by overtopping. Staff are currently monitoring the various seaside locations.
"Garmouth and Kingston is expected to be cut off for a short period this afternoon, but a quantity of sandbags are already on site in a well-rehearsed scenario for protection of the village.
"Once sandbags have been placed into position at the various at-risk locations in Moray, crews will then be manning road gritting trucks to treat roads in high-lying areas. This is expected to commence just after lunch.
"As the winds are now strengthening wheelie bins are at risk from being blown around. Residents are advised to secure them or if empty, to lay them flat. Bin collection teams will be leaving the emptied bins on their side during this period of high wind."
The council urged people to report any hazards affecting roads, such as blown down trees and branches, as the wind reaches its peak in the early afternoon. This can be done by calling 0300 123 5465.
Drivers are advised to be alert to the risks of travelling in such conditions.
There are partial closures at two schools with pupils at Milne's High who travel on buses A, B, D and E to Garmouth, Kingston, Spey Bay and Urquhart due to be collected from the school at 12pm because of the worsening weather.
Primary pupils at Mosstodloch who travel on the Garmouth and Kingston buses will be collected at 1pm.
At 1.30pm, Moray Council announced it was delivering a pallet of sandbags to Stewart Street, Portgordon and Great Eastern Street in Portessie.
These are freely available for residents whose homes are at risk from waves over-topping at the harbour.
A further visit will be made later in the afternoon to make sure sufficient bags are available.
Meanwhile, gritters are scheduled to get out on the roads, treating all routes other than coastal roads. A second treatment will then be carried out in the early evening.