Tayside issue further weather warning

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Residents of Tayside can expect to see the snow continue to fall throughout much of today and, with further snowfall predicted during the course of this week, Tayside Police is again appealing to motorists to take care on the roads.

Despite the severe weather, the overwhelming majority of the region’s roads are passable with care. A few minor roads traffic incidents have been reported, but, as of 9am, numbers were no greater than average, with drivers heeding the warnings and exercising caution in what are challenging conditions.

Gritter and ploughs are out across the Tayside area in an effort to keep the routes clear.

All roads are open in the Dundee area. In Angus, all main routes are op, although the A928 Glamis to Peterden road at Lumley Den is closed.

Eights schools – Airlie, Carmyllie, Cortachy, Isla, Lethnot, Northmuir, Southmuir and Tarfside Primary School, as well as Birkhill Pre-School, are closed today.

Snow – as well as sleet and even rain in coastal areas - is forecast to continue throughout today and into this evening. Sporadic showers will continue during Wednesday and Thursday and the weather seems set to deteriorate again from Friday and into the weekend.

While temperatures are broadly holding above or about freezing, sub zero road temperatures are a likelihood, particularly at night. As such Tayside Police appeals to anyone who is driving to be prepared.

Before travelling anywhere, drivers should:–

Check the weather forecast

Be equipped with warm clothes, food and a torch just in case.

Tune in to travel information and leave plenty of time for your journey.

Check all lights to ensure that they are clean and in good working order.

Washer bottles should be kept topped up with screen wash, and wiper blades kept in good condition.

Don’t drive off until windows are clear of ice and mist. It is not safe to drive a vehicle when you cannot clearly see ahead and to the sides.

Where necessary clear windscreens and windows of ice and snow, as well as roofs, bonnets and boots.

Check tyres for defects such as bulges, cuts or tears. Defects will weaken the tyre and make it unsafe.

When driving:-

Use dipped headlights instead of sidelights. This ensures good visibility to the front of the vehicle and makes your vehicle visible to other road users.

If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.

Slow down when the road is wet, snow covered, icy, or visibility is reduced. Drive according to the conditions.

Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front. On slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop.

Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.

People are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org

There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch.

Further Information on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/severe-weather-advice.

The full Alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/.

People should also be aware of local television and radio bulletins for updates on the latest weather and travel information. Details on any council and trunk road closures can be found at http://trafficscotland.org.

Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.