Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy snow across parts of the Highlands
A FORECAST for heavy snow has sparked a plea by transport chiefs for motorists to take extra care on the roads.
A Met Office yellow warning for snow is in force across much of Scotland, and will remain in place until 10pm tonight (Monday).
Snow, sleet and rain moved in to the south of Scotland overnight, with snow expected to reach the north of Scotland later today.
Commuters are warned of the possibility of an impact on the transport network due to snowfall.
The yellow alert means that people should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of day-to-day activities.
The Multi-Agency Response Team based at the Traffic Scotland National Control Centre in South Queensferry has been activated to monitor conditions and help to deploy response teams where necessary.
Traffic Scotland is also providing updates on social media, website and radio broadcasts.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We are being advised by the Met Office to expect significant amounts of snowfall across much of Scotland overnight and into Monday morning, in particular in the Central Belt during rush hour, so there is potential for people’s journeys to be disrupted.
“As always, we ask that people check for the very latest information before heading off on their journeys, drive to the conditions and follow any Police Scotland travel advice. People can check Traffic Scotland’s travel service which will give details of what’s happening on the trunk road network, allowing them to plan ahead as necessary. Motorists can check if their route is available by going to Traffic Scotland’s mobile website – my.trafficscotland.org – which provides live information on the move.
“Other modes of transport – ferries, trains and flights may also be disrupted, so we ask people check with their operators before setting out.”
Inspector Greg Dinnie from Police Scotland said: “We are advising motorists who will be travelling in the areas affected by the weather warning to travel with caution; potential snow and disruption is expected, particularly on higher ground.
“Be prepared to slow down and drive at speeds that are appropriate for the conditions. Plan your journey in advance, allow extra time and make sure that your vehicle is adequately prepared.
"You can keep up to date with weather and road information by following The Met Office and Transport Scotland on social media.”