Schools, roads and flights disrupted by ‘Beast’
A storm dubbed the Beast from the East has begun to cause chaos, with schools and roads across Scotland affected yesterday.
Weather experts expect as much as nine inches to fall across the north-east today, when the worst of the storm makes landfall over coastal communities and have issued an amber warning.
Even yesterday, after a freezing night, transport across the region was thrown into disarray.
Schools were forced into making changes to bus routes because of the chill on the roads and forecasts of drifting snow.
Craigievar, Lumsden, Gartly, Towie, Easterfield, Largue, Daviot, Keig, Tarland and Logie Coldstone schools were all closed to pupils and staff. Others, including Fraserburgh Academy, Alford Primary School and Banchory Academy, delayed their opening and had buses take alternative routes.
Parents are being urged to monitor council and school websites for information.
Flights from Aberdeen Airport were also hit, with departures to Sumburgh delayed and flights to Durham, Manchester and London called off. Similarly, flights from Durham, Manchester, Norwich and London were grounded yesterday.
Now, ahead of even worse weather arriving, the transport minister has asked people to think twice over venturing out.
Humza Yousaf said: “There is a possibility the amber warning could, in some areas, be upgraded to a red. We are right on the cusp. We are at the strongest possible amber warning and right on the cusp of potentially becoming a red. That means a high likelihood of a high impact so that could be not just treacherous but, frankly, dangerous if you travel.”