Weather update: Commuters warned over icy conditions

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COMMUTERS were warned to take extra care on the roads today (MON) following the first widespread snowfall this winter.

• Up to 10cms of snow fell across the country

Gritters were in action across Scotland last night

Gritters were in action across Scotland last night

• Snow fell overnight in parts of Scotland and northern England

• Scotland is likely to see more snow fall on Thursday

• Some schools closed in Scotland for heating repairs

The Met Office warned drivers to watch out for icy conditions as it issued yellow warning alerts nationwide after up to 10 cms of snow fell across the country.

The A821 in Grampian between Aberfoyle and Brig o’ Turk, known as Dukes Pass re-opened yesterday/today (mon) following a temporary closure on Sunday due to treacherous conditions.

Although much of the snow turned to rain as temperatures in parts of Scotland rose to 11C in winter sunshine forecasters predicted more snow on its way for Scotland later this week.

Brendan Jones, a meteorologist at MeteoGroup, said yesterday/today (Mon): “Overnight we have had snow across north England and parts of Scotland, and it is still continuing.

“In some areas further south the snow instead turned to rain, hitting very cold conditions causing some quite tricky conditions on the roads.

“But a warmer air coming in from the west brought much milder temperatures in the west.

“It will be quite changeable over the next few days, there could be some more showers and light snow, but the cold weather will stay....[and] it is likely Scotland will see another fall on Thursday.”

In Fife, Pathhead and Sinclairtown primary schools in Kirkcaldy were closed today/yesterday (mon) as maintenance staff worked to repair heating. A Fife Council spokeswoman said the authority hoped both schools would re-open today/tomorrow (tues).

Snow at Scotland’s ski resorts

Meanwhile the wintry snap was welcomed at Scotland’s ski resorts with more than 1600 people taking to the slopes over the weekend at the Cairngorm Ski Centre.

A further 800 also took the funicular railway to shop at Scotland’s highest Christmas market at the resort’s Ptarmigan top station, 1097 metres above sea level.

Cairngorm marketing manager Colin Kirkwood said today/yesterday [MON]: “It has been a very healthy start to the ski season.

“We generally say that the season runs from December to April but it is entirely snow dependent. This year we opened bang on time, on Saturday December 1.

“We had over 1600 people skiing and snow boarding over the weekend, with Sunday particularly busy.

“There’s been a great buzz of excitement, and we’re well over last year’s opening weekend figures due to the better snow cover and overhead conditions.

“The skiing at the moment is on the upper part of the mountain, but there’s very good skiing on the Ciste Tow airway and the cas side of the mountain down to the mid station.

“We’ve had a good foot of snow there and we’ve had more snow today.

“It’s difficult to say what we can depend on for the long term but in the shorter term we are looking at more snow tomorrow and Wednesday, and perhaps a little bit of a thaw but then colder again after that.”