South Scotland

Ice alert follows snow warning

Borders roads Image copyright Traffic Scotland
Image caption Drivers were urged to take extra care on routes which remained hazardous

An ice warning has been issued for much of Scotland after snowfalls in parts of the country overnight.

The yellow Met Office warning for ice covering northern, central and south eastern Scotland runs until Friday lunchtime.

A warning of snow is in place for the north of the country for much the same time period.

It follows an amber alert for heavy snows in the Borders which did not cause the disruption feared.

The A68 between Pathhead and Fala in Midlothian was shut for a while due to a jackknifed lorry.

The same route was also closed at Carter Bar due to an accident shortly after 09:00.

Scottish Borders Council said the heavy snows forecast had "failed to materialise" but routes which were affected overnight included:

  • A7 north of Stow
  • A703 north of Eddleston
  • A68 at Carter Bar and at Soutra
  • A1 around Reston

Ch Insp Andy McLean said: "Motorists should drive to the conditions throughout the day due to the impact of snow, particularly on higher and rural routes, and the low temperatures forecast throughout the day."

Image caption A jackknifed lorry blocked the A68 in Midlothian for a time as snow hit south east Scotland

Heavy snow started to fall across central Scotland early on Wednesday evening.

Bridge of Allan and Stirling were among the first places to be affected.

Gritters were running throughout the night in the Borders and all school transport was cancelled on Thursday but schools were reported to be open as normal.

Jim Fraser, Scottish Borders Council's emergency planning officer, said: "We take decisions based on the very latest information from the Met Office and the associated advice from Police Scotland.

"The forecast on Wednesday afternoon presented a clear and substantial risk to all school transport routes, hence the decision to cancel these as early as possible, giving parents the greatest time to make any necessary alternative arrangements."

Further north, the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn was closed at Cairn o Mount due to the severe weather.

Image caption Snow fell in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling, on Wednesday evening
Image copyright Paul Hirst
Image caption Snow in the Borders did not cause the disruption which was anticipated

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