NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Snow gates closed as wintry weather hits Cairngorms

The Lecht Image copyright The Lecht

Snow gates on two roads in the Cairngorms National Park have been shut for the first time this winter.

Traffic Scotland said the gates on the A939 at Tomintoul and on the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee were closed, but both have now reopened.

Forecasters predicted that strong northerly winds over the weekend would bring snow to many high areas in the north of Scotland.

Temperatures are expected to stay cold on Monday, but with fewer showers.

The webcam at the Lecht ski resort, which is on the A939 between Tomintoul and Cock Bridge, shows heavy snow at the centre.

Reaching an altitude of more than 2,000ft (610m), the road is one of the highest in the UK and is often closed by wintry weather.

More information on road closures across Scotland is available on the Traffic Scotland website.

Image copyright Robert Lawrence
Image caption Robert Lawrence sent BBC Scotland this picture of snow at the Lecht

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