Scotland

Scotland weather: Snow affects driving conditions

Heavy snowfall has affected several roads across Scotland.

Snow was said to be falling in areas across eastern Scotland, including Perthshire, Tayside, Grampian and the Lothians.

Traffic Scotland had earlier described driving conditions in some parts of Dumfries and Galloway as "extremely hazardous".

The snow was expected to move further north on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Strong winds and snow were also predicted to cause some issues with visibility on higher ground, and the snow gates were closed at Braemar, Spittal of Glenshee and Cockbridge - Tomintoul.

The Met Office issued yellow warnings of snow for several parts of the country for Friday night and Saturday morning.

The warning said: "Snow is currently falling to low levels across eastern parts of Scotland and may give some temporary accumulations, although the snow level will rise overnight with most accumulating snow above 300 metres by Saturday morning.

"Temporary accumulations of 2cm are possible at low levels with 5cm above 200 metres, rising to 300m overnight, with 10cm possible over the higher routes.

"The public should be aware of the potential for very poor conditions and disruption to travel due to snow as well as temporary blizzard conditions over the higher routes, due to strong winds accompanying the system."

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse chaired a Scottish government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) meeting on Friday to assess preparedness across the country.

He said: "The recent weather conditions in Scotland have been typical of what we could expect for a normal winter, but even in these conditions we must remain vigilant and not take it for granted that we will avoid localised impacts.

"Therefore it continues to be important that all the responder organisations are alert and ready to react."

Sport Minister Shona Robison urged the public to be careful when visiting Scotland's hills and mountains over the weekend, with avalanche warnings in place across a number of popular destinations.