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Heavy snow showers to blanket parts of Scotland over weekend

Grampian, Tayside, Fife and Central regions bracing for strong winds and significant snowfall.

Elgin snow scene
Phillip Burgess

The east of Scotland will be subjected to a relentless stream of snow showers throughout the weekend, according to forecasters.

Strong winds have been pushing snow on to the east coast from the North Sea and forecasters predict this will continue into next week.

Snowfall is also expected to be more widespread as it pushes further inland with amber "be prepared" weather warnings issued by the Met Office for the Grampian, Tayside, Fife and Central regions.

These areas will get "frequent, and occasionally heavy, snow showers", with snowfall expected to be as deep as two to four inches and as much as six inches on higher ground, the Met Office has forecast.

The wind is predicted to continue to intensify poor conditions with the "drifting of lying snow in the strong-to-gale-force south-easterly winds".

On Friday, six hillwalkers were airlifted from the Cairn Toul area in the Cairngorms after one of their group got lost in the severe weather conditions.

The 26-year-old was taken to Raigmore hospital in Inverness after Grampian Police, Braemar Mountain Rescue and the RAF were called in to assist at 12.45pm.

Numerous minor road accidents took place across Tayside on Friday night due to poor weather conditions according to police but there were no major incidents.

Snow gates at the Spittal of Glenshee were also closed due to drifting snow caused by strong winds.

The Scottish Government advised people to prepare for heavy snow and icy conditions in response to the warnings.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said that the Scottish Government's Resilience operation met the Met Office, councils, police, transport authorities and the range of other agencies and organisations yesterday to try and minimise the disruption for individuals, families and communities.

He said: "As we've seen so well in recent years, there's also a lot that people can do to help themselves and their communities when bad weather closes in, like offering vulnerable neighbours a helping hand, clearing snow from pathways and ensuring that they follow travel and transport advice. This is particularly important in our more rural areas.

"We would remind motorists and the travelling public to be aware of the potential dangers of snow and freezing temperatures. They should keep up to date with live travel information and local radio reports and familiarise themselves with advice for driving in testing conditions."

Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat, speaking on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, said: "The police service in Scotland will continue to work in close association with partners in the Met Office, government agencies and trunk road operators to ensure that clear and concise safety messages are made available as soon as possible.

"As part of the multi-agency response team, we will continue to play a major part in keeping people informed of conditions and giving advice as appropriate. If we work together with the public, we can ensure as far as possible the smooth and safe running of the transport network this winter."

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