Scotland may have been battered and blighted by snow and ice throughout much of December, but there are signs the worst is over after a Met Office warning for freezing temperatures and ice across the country was lifted.
The Met Office had advised motorists in some areas to ‘stay at home’ following multiple collisions in parts of Scotland, with icy conditions and adverse weather conditions cited as the main cause in several crashes in the Aberdeen area.
Drifting snow meant that the B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel road – just east of Cairngorms National Park – had to be closed, and even the gritters had to be cautious after a gritting truck left the road on the A76 north of Sanquhar, according to Dumfries and Galloway police.
Dr Michael Johnston, an accident and emergency consultant at the University of Dundee, said the cold snap and resulting road incidents had taken its toll on nearby hospitals.
“Our emergency departments have seen a significantly higher than normal number of patients over the last couple of days, mostly attributed to falls caused by the icy conditions,” he told the BBC.
As it stands, there are no Met Office weather or flood warnings in place across Scotland, suggesting that the festive period could pass without any further extreme conditions.
Instead, it’s traffic and heavy congestion Scottish motorists should be most concerned about, with the RAC predicting up to 1.25 million leisure journeys on top of people driving for work this Friday (December 22nd).
As Christmas falls on a Monday this year, many drivers may presume that traffic would be spread across the weekend. Instead, the AA has predicted that it will mean more days of traffic as the getaway from work on Friday is followed by the last real chance to cram in some last minute shopping on the Saturday and visits to friends and family on Sunday.
Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “The best advice to Scottish motorists is to be prepared. There’s the chance heavy snow may return and in that case, you need to be ready. Dress sensibly and stock up to minimise the impact of any worst case scenarios.”
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