Treacherous conditions continue amid fresh snow and ice warning

The Met Office warned that there is a chance of injury for those venturing outside due to icy surfaces.

Scots have been warned to expect more treacherous conditions as a fresh yellow warning for snow and ice was been issued by the Met Office.

Freezing conditions have lead to icy conditions across the country, with the Met Office warning of a chance of injury for those venturing outside.

A yellow alert for snow and ice has been issued from midnight on Friday until 3pm which comes after a week of arctic conditions that saw near record low temperatures with the mercury reaching -13.6C in Tulloch Bridge.

The warning covers the Highlands, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute as well as West Dunbartonshire.

The Met Office warned that ice will become the main issue as snow showers turn to rain throughout Friday morning.

Forecasters also issued a new warning for ice from 5pm on Friday which will be in place until 9am on Saturday.

This second warning will mainly affect the Highlands, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.

The warning comes after Scots awoke to hazardous conditions on Friday, resulting in a number of road closures, crashes and slips.

Councils have been working tirelessly to ensure roads and pavements are gritted, however, there are still some icy patches and untreated paths across the affected areas.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “Our gritters were out yesterday and early this morning treating all primary and secondary routes.

“The team have been treating side streets and will continue to treat roads in line with the weather.”

Temperatures are set to pick up with the arrival of Storm Isha this weekend, which will see winds of up to 70mph batter parts of Scotland.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Our winter gritting plan for this Friday was fully implemented but overnight and early morning rain landing on frozen surfaces washed away the grit and created very challenging conditions on the road network.

“Priority roads were treated twice with grit overnight last night while priority footways and segregated cycle ways had grit laid down from 5am onwards this morning.

“Grit can be very effective at improving road safety during wintry conditions, but its effectiveness will be undermined if washed away by rain.

“Between November and March we are monitoring weather and road conditions every day and our teams work around the clock to keep the roads network as safe as possible.

“Our responsibility is to ensure there is a reasonable response to the impact of winter on the roads network and we have a detailed plan that we follow faithfully on a daily basis.

“But it is not feasible to treat every part of the network with grit every day or remove all risk from travel during winter.

“Thankfully temperatures have risen today and we expect an improvement in conditions as we head into the next few days.”

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