Weather warning for icy conditions lifted

Gritter crash Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Even gritters have to take care in icy conditions - this is the scene on the A76 north of Sanquhar

A Met Office warning for freezing temperatures and ice across Scotland has been lifted.

On Friday and Saturday there were multiple collisions in parts of Scotland when drivers in some areas were advised to "stay at home".

Icy conditions caused hazardous driving conditions - even main routes which had been gritted.

Officers in the Aberdeen area said adverse weather conditions had caused a number of crashes.

The earlier warning from police in the Aberdeen area said many roads were treacherous.

The B976 Crathie to Gairnsheil road was closed because of drifting snow.

Games called off

And Dumfries and Galloway police said a gritting truck left the road on the A76 north of Sanquhar.

In Tayside, the health board reported a spike in slip and trip injuries requiring hospital treatment.

Accident and Emergency consultant Dr Michael Johnston said: "Our emergency departments have seen a significantly higher than normal number of patients over the last couple of days, mostly attributed to falls caused by the icy conditions.

"We would advise people who do need to venture out when the weather is wintery to dress warmly, wear sensible shoes with a good grip and to take care when walking on icy surfaces."

Scotland's football schedule also fell foul to the wintry conditions.

Livingston's Championship fixture at home to Morton was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

In League Two, Cowdenbeath v Clyde and Berwick Rangers v Peterhead was also called off due to the cold snap.

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