Scotland hit by a foot of snow - Car Rental News
Scotland hit by a foot of snow
Car Rental News - 14/03/2011
A late-season Arctic storm has dumped up to a foot of snow on Scotland.
A heavy winter storm brought snow, rain and sleet to Scotland, leading to chaos on the roads. The Arctic blast left some parts of the country under as much as a foot of snow.
Weather forecasters warned of severe weather across Scotland and some roads were closed. The worst snowfall was in the Highlands, where some areas received a foot of snow.
Edinburgh and Glasgow each received two inches of snow. Police issued warnings to motorists to exercise caution and undertake trips only if they were essential.
Most of Scotland’s roads were affected by the heavy weather. Four lorries got stuck in heavy snow and ice on the M8 motorway at Whitburn, West Lothian.
In Stirlingshire, the A811 was closed from Bucklyvie to Kepculloch Toll, following a car accident. One man was seriously injured in the incident.
Police said the crash was caused by the bad driving conditions. A 43-year-old man in serious condition was being treated at Stirling Royal Infirmary.
On Deeside, drifting snow forced the B976 to be shut between Crathie and Gairnshiel. All of the A720 Edinburgh bypass was hit by snow and slush.
Traffic ran into problems with snow on the A81 in Stirling. One lane of the M90, made slippery by snow, had to be closed in Fife, following a traffic accident.
A spokesperson for Transport Scotland said salt supplies were ‘robust’ and there was more than enough to ensure the roads would be safe for motorists.