Schools, roads and flights dis­rupted by ‘Beast’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

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