Warmer air to send temperatures higher after freeze
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.