Warmer air to send tem­per­a­tures higher af­ter freeze

The Herald - - NEWS -

SCOT­LAND is on course for milder weather af­ter three days of high winds, sleet and snow.

Dif­fi­cul­ties peo­ple have faced trav­el­ling on the roads should ease as the bit­ing Arc­tic blast from north­ern Canada, which has caused the lows, is re­placed by warmer At­lantic air.

Weather fore­cast­ers say tem­per­a­tures will reach twice the Jan­uary av­er­age, mak­ing the prospect of de-ic­ing the car less ar­du­ous and im­prov­ing con­di­tions on the roads and pave­ments safer.

The ther­mome­ter could reach 10°Cel­sius and 9°C in Aberdeen to­mor­row.

It was feared the weather may have claimed the life of a 71-year-old man who was found dead out­side his prop­erty in Kirk­ton Av­enue in Bar­rhead, East Ren­frew­shire, yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Sergeant Michael Mor­gan­thaler, at Giffnock po­lice of­fice, said: “There’s an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we will be speak­ing to neigh­bours and car­ry­ing out door-to-door en­quiries.

“The man was found un­re­spon­sive out­side the build­ing and he ap­pears to have died on the street.

“But, for the time be­ing, there are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. At this time his death re­mains un­ex­plained.”

About 2,000 prop­er­ties in the north and east of the coun­try suf­fered power cuts. About half of the homes had power re­stored by Scot­tish Hy­dro dur­ing the day.

A to­tal of 29 schools were shut in the High­land Coun­cil area, with five other clo­sures in Aberdeen­shire and one in Mo­ray.

Heavy snow falls again shut the snow gates on the A939 Cock Bridge to Tom­intoul road and the A93 be­tween Brae­mar and Spit­tal of Glen­shee.

The A701 in Dum­fries and Gal­loway and the A90 north bound at Stra­cathro in An­gus were blocked by fallen trees.

The A90 was again blocked north­bound at For­doun in Aberdeen­shire, when a HGV was blown over.

Re­stric­tions were in place on the coun­try’s main bridges, in­clud­ing the A90 Forth Road Bridge, the A9 Dornoch and Kes­sock Bridges.

Gra­ham Madge, of the Met Of­fice, said: “There will still be win­try show­ers for ar­eas like Caith­ness, High­land and In­ver­ness.

“But gen­er­ally, we will find our­selves in con­di­tions over the week­end, where we see a trend to­wards warmer tem­per­a­tures.”

PHOTO OP­POR­TU­NITY: For­eign tourists got more than they bar­gained for af­ter stop­ping in a bl­iz­zard on the A9 at the Dru­mochter Pass to take pic­tures.

TRAVEL CHAOS: A jack­knifed lorry on the A9 near the Dru­mochter Pass.

SLEDG­ING FUN: A young­ster en­joys sledg­ing at the Spit­tal of Glen­shee.

ROAD SHUT: Snow is cleared from the A93 at Spit­tal of Glen­shee.

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