Winter brings chilly blast to North-east

Snow forced long rush-hour queues out of Ellon yesterday morning.
Snow forced long rush-hour queues out of Ellon yesterday morning.

WINTER arrived in the North-east yesterday with heavy snow and ice bringing widespread disruption.

Some schools were closed in Aberdeenshire and driving conditions were hazardous on a number of roads, including the A90 between Ellon and Foveran.

Traffic was down to one lane on the southbound dual carriageway at Tipperty - leading to huge tailbacks during the morning rush hour.

Commuters reported nose-to-tail driving until the dual carriageway at Balmedie with many people late for work.

The road was closed in both directions at Toll of Birness, north of Ellon for a short time after an HGV got stuck in snow. It was cleared by 7am.

Heavy snow affected the Laurencekirk to Stonehaven stretch of the A90 and the Keith to Huntly section of the A96.

The Met Office had issued a yellow warning until noon yesterday of icy conditions covering much of the country.

The snow began falling on Tuesday night and police warned motorists of hazradous conditions on several routes.

It came after freezing temperatures which caused scores of road accidents throughout the North-east in the earlier part of the week.

Grampian Police were advising drivers to show extreme caution during the cold snap.