South Scotland

Routes blocked as snow strikes in Borders and Dumfries and Galloway

Traffic at Ashkirk on A7 Image copyright Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue
Image caption Stretches of the A7 were blocked at times as gritters worked to clear the snow

A number of routes have been blocked by accidents and vehicles stuck in snow in southern Scotland.

At one stage 50 cars were reportedly stuck on the A7 between Langholm and Longtown.

The A701 was also blocked near the Forest of Ae by a tanker and HGV but was also later cleared.

Problems on the A68 near Jedburgh were cleared but conditions remained hazardous. One woman was cut free from her vehicle on the A698 near Denholm.

She was treated by ambulance personnel.

The yellow warning of snow was in place until 17:00 on Friday and covered much of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Jim Fraser, emergency planning officer at Scottish Borders Council, said: "This was a significant event this afternoon where we saw a heavy downpour of snow quite suddenly.

"The weather warning in place was for the medium likelihood of low impact however the impact we experienced was much greater than this. This obviously caused some disruption on roads and we responded accordingly."

A yellow warning for ice is in place until 10:00 on Saturday.

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Image caption Snow affected a number of routes across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway

Ch Insp Andy McLean, of Police Scotland, said: "Given the warning for ice - we are continuing to urge residents to take extreme care when out and about.

"Motorists should continue to drive to the conditions and maintain safe stopping distances, bearing in mind that in snow or ice these are significantly greater than in the dry."

Problems were earlier reported in the Hawick area with the A7 described as being at a "standstill" by local MSP John Lamont.

Scottish Borders Council advised people in the area only to use their cars if absolutely necessary.

Drivers were also advised to slow down on the A74(M) south of Moffat after two lorries were involved in an accident there.

Disruption was also possible on the A76 south of Kirkconnel due to a crash.

Image copyright Drews Views
Image caption Snow swept in around lunchtime affecting many parts of the region
Image copyright John Lamont
Image caption MSP John Lamont said traffic was at a standstill in Hawick

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