Overnight snow causes roads chaos and school closures in north-east
Lying snow and icy roads is causing difficult driving conditions in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Overnight snow has forced several schools across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to close with icy conditions affecting travel.
Around 6cm of snow fell in places and many roads in the Grampian area were closed.
Heavy snow on the A90 from Laurencekirk to Aberdeen reduced traffic to a crawl as motorists made their way into work. The A96 between Keith and Huntly was also affected by heavy downpours on Wednesday.
Grampian Police warned of hazardous driving conditions across the area including in Aberdeen city centre and particularly on stretches of the A90 between Foveran and Peterhead and Laurencekirk and Stonehaven, the A97 between Aberhirder and Banff, the A96 between Huntly and Elgin and the A975 Cruden Bay to Newburgh road.
Police also advised drivers to avoid the Lhanbryde area in Moray due to extremely difficult road conditions. The B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road remains closed.
In Shetland five schools were closed due to adverse weather. The closures included Aith, Skeld, Sandness, Happyhansel and Dunrossness.
In Aberdeenshire 14 schools were closed including Ballogie nursery, Banchory-Devenick School, Crossroads Nursery, and Durris School. A further 59 schools had problems with pupil transport.
In Aberdeen six schools were affected by the weather with some opening late to allow staff time to arrive safely at work.
Flights were also delayed at Aberdeen Airport due to the cold weather with snow clearing teams out on the runway.
Several accidents were reported to Grampian Police including a crash on the B977. Two vehicles crashed and one person was treated for shock at around 8.20am.
Earlier at Cambus O’ May a black Citroen Xantia crashed on the A93 Dess-Dinnet road at around 7.45am – no one was injured.
On the B9002 near Ony road a Toyota Rav4 crashed but the female driver was uninjured.
There was also a three-car shunt on Redmoss Road in Aberdeen while Grampian Police was advising motorists to avoid Great Western Road in the city after a two-vehicle crash at 8.45am blocked the junction at the traffic lights on Forest Avenue causing congestion.
A spokesman for Traffic Scotland said: “The Police are advising drivers that the Met Office has issued a yellow warnings for snow and conditions for travel in the Grampian areas may be hazardous and drivers should exercise extra caution.
“Winter Driving is a question of common sense and drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth considering making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.”
In Braemar temperatures are predicted to dip to -8C by Wednesday evening while Huntly will fall to -7C. The mercury in Aberdeen is poised to dip to -4C and in Fraserburgh it will fall to -1C.
The weather disruption looks poised to continue into Thursday as the Met Office has issued an amber warning covering much of Grampian.
A Met Office spokesman said: "After a very cold night with widespread frost, sleet and snow will spread from the west during the early hours of Thursday.
"Ten to 15cm of snow is likely to fall above around 400m with some five to 10 cm above about 200m. At lower levels two or three cm is likely locally before turning to rain from the west through the morning.
"Despite turning to rain, the lying snow and ice will struggle to melt and this will bring some treacherous conditions. The public should be prepared for the risk of significant disruption to travel."
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