Roads closed after snow falls on Highlands

Weather problems: Wind and rain expected.
Weather problems: Wind and rain expected.

Snow and severe weather conditions have caused some problems in Scotland, with roads closed and ferries cancelled as a result.

The country's weather, particularly on the west coast, was expected to deteriorate seriously from Sunday evening, but conditions did not become as bad as had been anticipated earlier in the weekend.

However, high winds and snow have hit some areas. The Glenshee to Braemar road has been closed on account of drifting snow and efforts are under way to clear it.

Motorists on the M74 near Beattock were advised to drive with caution due to snow in the area.

Some minor roads were closed for a time in Dumfries and Galloway due to fallen trees while some Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services on the west coast were disrupted due to adverse weather.

Traffic Scotland is warning of weather problems on roads across all parts of Scotland, principally as a result of high winds. Restrictions are in force on a number of bridges.

Meanwhile, Scotland's ski centres said there was not enough snow to open yet, but bosses were hopeful it will be a good year.

At CairnGorm Mountain ski resort, near Aviemore, snow was falling heavily in the car park at 2,000 feet but staff have not been able to assess the situation at the top of the slopes because of high winds. 

Colin Matthew, operations manager at the resort, said: "We'll need to wait till the weather subsides and the winds drop so we can get up and really see.

"It's starting to lie at low level but not enough to ski at the moment.

"We started skiing at the end of November last year, so we hope it's the start of a good year."

At the Lecht ski resort in Aberdeenshire, snow showers fell but there was not enough for skiers to take to the slopes. A spokeswoman said they were playing a "waiting game" and hoping the snow continues.

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