Major road closed due to heavy snow amid weather warnings

Traffic Scotland confirmed that the northbound carriageway of the A82 at Lomondgate in Dumbarton was closed.

Major road closed in Dumbarton due to heavy snow amid Met Office weather warnings Getty Images

A major road has been closed as parts of Scotland continue to be hit with heavy snow.

Key Points
  • Met Office weather warnings for rain and snow issued across Scotland
  • Drivers warned to expect delays and stranded vehicles
  • A85 and A82 closed due to road traffic incidents
  • Public warned to expect rail and air travel delays

Traffic Scotland confirmed that the northbound carriageway of the A82 at Lomondgate in Dumbarton was closed.

The closure was put in place on Saturday due to heavy snow, and Traffic Scotland confirmed that gritters were working on the area.

The A85 road at Glenogle has been closed in both directions due a crash involving a broken down bus.

Traffic Scotland confirmed the closure of the road around 5pm on Saturday.

Drivers have been advised to use alternative routes where possible and plan for extra time on their journeys.

This comes after the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for snow, rain and ice across the majority of Scotland.

The warnings are in place from 8am on Saturday until 3pm in southern Scotland, and until midnight for central and northern parts of the country.

The agency drivers warned that road delays are expected to continue with the likelihood of stranded vehicles and passengers.

The agency also warned that the delays will also affect rail and air travel throughout the duration of the warning.

Insight Philip Petrie STV weather presenter

Today we have a deep area of low pressure out to the west moving towards us, and pushing in a frontal system. It is this frontal system that brings with it rain, but as we can see at the moment, as that rain is hitting the very cold air above us at the moment, it will be falling as snow, even down to lower levels.
1-3cm is expected widely, with 5-10cm possible on higher levels, so routes such as the A9 and the A82 could once again face some disruption due to the snow.

The snow will increasingly turn to rain after an hour or so, as it works its way north and eastwards, but along with the rain and snow we also have some quite tightly packed isobars so the winds will be quite strong too.

Blizzard conditions along with the snow on higher routes, that have already seen a lot of chaos on Wednesday thanks to Storm Gerrit, but for much of the north east around Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness and Sutherland and the Northern Isles it will stay dry until night.

Overnight that band of rain will work it’s way slowly across Orkney and Shetland where it will sit for much of Hogmanay as it comes up against a blocking area of high pressure, so it has nowhere to go. It won’t be until New Year’s Day itself that the rain will ease, turning more showery, but for many a largely fine, dry, bright 1st of the year with only one or two showers.

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