Tricky driving conditions afer snow in County Durham on Sunday
4:11pm UK, Monday December 05, 2011
Snow, sleet and ice has brought disruption to roads as motorists have been warned to take extra care on journeys.
Weather warnings have been issued for most of Scotland as well as Northern Ireland and parts of northern England.
Wintry weather forced the closure of 17 primary schools in South Lanarkshire.
The Highland council said seven schools were shut, with parents being asked to collect their children as soon as they could.
Overnight, a fleet of 130 gritters were out to treat roads and 3,000 tonnes of salt were used.
A lorry driver died after his vehicle left a trunk road on the A160 in north Lincolnshire.
A Humberside Police spokeswoman said road conditions in the area were poor at the time due to cold weather and hailstones.
The M74 in South Lanarkshire was down to one lane southbound and the A74 in Dumfries and Galloway was also reduced to one lane when lorries jack-knifed.
We have a Met Office weather warning in force for Scotland today (Monday). It is an Amber warning which is one below the highest red warning. This is because we will see quite large accumulations of snow for western Scotland, not only on higher ground but at lower levels too. Around 2-5cm is expected at low levels (around 2 inches) , 5-10cm above 200m and 15-25cm above 400m.
Nazaneen Ghaffar, Sky news weather presenter
Motorists were warned of black ice on the A9 between Plean and Falkirk, the A809 in Stirling was described as “very icy”, as was the A905 in the Throsk area.
Stornoway airport was closed leading to delays on flights to and from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Benbecula and Aberdeen. It is expected to reopen later.
Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said it will be a very cold and wintry day for northern and western parts of the UK.
She said: “Showers falling as hail, sleet and snow for Scotland, especially in the west and Northern Ireland.
“There will even mix some snowfall accumulations across some high points of Wales and northern England. Accumulations at lower levels for Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
Snow fell in Northumberland on Sunday and more is due for northern Wales
Up to 15cm of snow could fall on high ground, with 1-3cm on low-level inland areas.
Transport Scotland activated a full Multi-Agency Response Team (Mart) on Sunday involving all of its transport partners including rail, road and Strathclyde Police.
Tayside Police dealt with several accidents on Sunday in the Perth and Kinross area, where cars left the road due to icy conditions while a number of roads in northern Scotland were affected by snow and ice.
Northern Constabulary reported a loss of 999 call service in the Rosehall area of Lairg in Sutherland, affecting 176 telephone lines.
It was thought to be due to the weather conditions.
Police have advised drivers to listen to their local weather forecast before setting out on their journey.
Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat, of Central Scotland Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland), said: “I would ask people to remember that both damp and snow affected roads can hide the hidden danger of black ice, particularly in shaded areas.
“Our message is very much aimed at asking motorists to be aware of the dangers and travel with extra caution.”