Storm Christoph RECAP: Travel updates as Scotland hit by snow and ice, Queensferry Crossing closed

Motorists are facing difficult driving conditions across Scotland as Storm Christoph brings heavy snow and rain. Follow all the updates with our live blog.

Traffic Scotland said the Queensferry Crossing was closed due to a “risk of falling ice” while motorists were advised to drive with caution when crossing the A9 Dornoch Bridge due to high winds.

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Storm Christoph RECAP: Traffic and travel disruption as Scotland hit by snow and ice, Queensferry Crossing closed

Last updated: Thursday, 21 January, 2021, 10:17

  • Storm Christoph is battering Scotland with snow and ice
  • Queensferry Crossing fully reopens
  • Amber warning in place for SW Scotland, Lothians, Borders, South Lankarkshire

Risk of falling ice forces closure of Queensferry Crossing again

Risk of falling ice forces closure of Queensferry Crossing again

Transport officials have shut the Queensferry Crossing, citing “a risk of falling ice”, after snowfall overnight across Edinburgh and Fife.

Traffic Scotland latest

How much snow can we expect?

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of heavy snow for south-west Scotland, Lothian, the Borders and South Lanarkshire, which is in force this morning.

It says 2in-4in (5cm-10cm) of snow is likely to accumulate across most of the warning area, with 4in-8in (10cm-20cm) above 656ft (200m) elevation and perhaps around 12in (30cm) above (1,312ft) 400m.

Ferry operator urges passengers to check before they travel

Here’s a look at Linlithgow this morning...

Queensferry Crossing diversion via Kincardine Bridge

If you’re due to travel across the Forth this morning then it’s worth planning ahead. Ice has forced the closure of the Queensferry Crossing and the diversion is via the Kincardine bridge.

The scene on the Royal Mile

A look ahead to the next few hours

Yellow weather warnings of snow for south-west Scotland, Strathclyde and Dumfries & Galloway are in force until 10am .

Further north, a yellow warning of snow is in place throughout Thursday and until midday on Friday for Central, Tayside, Fife, Grampian and the Highlands, which warns that heavy snow and strong winds will bring blizzard conditions in places, leading to travel disruption on Thursday and Friday morning.

The Capital looking quite picturesque

Officials remind Scots only travel for essential reasons

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Met Office is telling us that Storm Christoph is likely to bring another period of challenging weather to parts of Scotland over the next few days, particularly in the north and north-east of Scotland.

“The current Covid restrictions mean you should only be leaving your home for an essential purpose, so please consider if your journey is absolutely necessary before setting off.

“The forecast snow has potential to cause difficult driving conditions and disruption to the wider transport network, so if you have to make an essential journey during the warning period it’s important you plan your journey, drive to the conditions and follow Police Scotland travel advice.”

Latest news on Queensferry Crossing

The bridge remains closed and a diversion is in place.

Driving tips for tackling the snow

Traffic Scotland has given some snow driving tips:

❄ Accelerate gently, low revs & high gears. Sometimes moving off in 2nd gear can reduce wheel slip

❄ Keep well back from vehicle in front; stopping distances can be 10x greater than on dry roads

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Snow outside St Giles Cathedral

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