Roads and schools still affected by snow and sub zero temperatures

Snow and ice is continuing to affect roads and schools across the north-east.

Following sub-zero temperatures overnight police and roads officials are warning of “hazardous conditions” on some of the regions road on Thursday.

Traffic Scotland was warning motorists of snow and ice on all routes in the Grampian area.

A spokesman said: “Drivers are advised to use caution due snow and ice currently affecting driving conditions on many roads throughout the region. Delays can be expected.”

The A97 Aberchirder-Banff road was affected by heavy snow leading to “hazardous driving conditions”, the B974 Banchory-Fettercairn was closed due to snow and the A93 Glenshee-Braemar road was affected by ice.

Commuters were also subjected to lengthy tailbacks on the A90 after early morning accidents.

Emergency services were called to the three-vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway close to the Portlethen slip road. The smash involved a red Mini Cooper, a Blue Passat car and a third vehicle.

It happened at around 7.15am with the driver of the Mini Cooper was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

North of Aberdeen on the A90 traffic was delayed at Balmedie after a grey Fiat Punto and a black Skoda Superb collided at around 6.25am. One person was taken to hospital.

In Aberdeenshire two schools at Strathdon and Towie were shut while Ellon Primary closed to nursery pupils. A further 50 schools have had to change or cancel their transport arrangements for pupils. In Aberdeen transport to developmental nurseries was cancelled.

Aberdeen Airport, which had suffered delays due to conditions on Wednesday, said things were "moving well".

In Braemar temperatures are predicted to dip to -3C by Thursday evening while Huntly will fall to -2C. The mercury in Aberdeen is poised to dip to 0C and in Fraserburgh it will fall to 1C.

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