Travel disruption across Scotland amid snow and ice

A yellow weather warning is in force across the north and north west of the country on Friday until 3pm on Saturday.

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  • Yellow weather warning in place across north and north east of Scotland
  • Tree blocking railway line affecting train services leaving Glasgow
  • ScotRail warns of changes to West Highland Line
  • Speed restrictions in place across Scotland’s rail network
  • Snow gates at the Cairn O Mount are closed

Travel warnings have been issued across Scotland on Friday with a weather alert for snow in place and widespread icy conditions.

The yellow weather warning that came into force at 9am covers the north and north east of the country and is in place until 3pm on Saturday.

The Met Office warned of the risk of power cuts and potential disruption to other services, including mobile phone coverage.

Traffic Scotland has encouraged people to “plan ahead, travel with caution and take action when necessary” when travelling, with roads in the north east and higher ground being disrupted.

The snow gates at the Cairn O Mount are closed with drivers asked to seek alternative routes.

A tree is blocking railway lines in the Mosspark area of Glasgow, resulting in all lines being closed.

Trains running between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal will be revised to terminate at Corkerhill and disruption is expected until 11am.

ScotRail warned passengers there may be changes and restrictions on its West Highland Line service, and urged people to check their journeys before setting off.

First Bus in Glasgow also encouraged passengers to keep informed of services, warning of delays and extra travel time.

A spokesperson said: “In light of adverse weather, we advise allowing extra time for journeys and taking extra care when travelling today.

“We may experience delays to services as a result of weather conditions. To stay up to date on live service information, please keep an eye on our feed.”

Across the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and parts of Angus there could be a few centimetres of snow at low levels, but more in higher spots such as Lentran, Redburn, Dufftown and Grantown.

Temperatures in the early hours of Thursday reached a low of -13.8C in Altnaharra.

STV meterologist Sean Batty said: “The main focus on Friday will be in the south and east Grampians where heavy snowfall could bring up to 20cm in the worst spots along with drifting snow as the winds pick up.

“The worst will likely be the higher areas of west Aberdeenshire, southern Moray, northern Angus and also western Perthshire.

“This could cover villages such as Tomintoul, Braemar, Balmoral, Kildrummy and the Glenshee Ski Centre.

“This means the A93 could see some disruptive snowfall for a time, and perhaps the A846 around Loch Rannoch.

“For all parts, snow will turn to rain by Saturday with temperatures for much of the country returning to around an average of 6C to 8C.”

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