Snow, sleet and gales bat­ter coast

Schools close, trans­port hit and power cuts as north-east bat­tered

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Front Page - BY JOSHUA KING

The north-east was bat­tered by heavy winds, sleet and snow yes­ter­day as coastal com­mu­ni­ties faced the very real threat of tidal flood­ing.

The north-east was bat­tered by heavy winds, sleet and snow yes­ter­day as coastal com­mu­ni­ties faced the very real threat of tidal flood­ing.

A string of schools across Aberdeen­shire were closed, trans­port was dis­rupted and as many as 600 homes were with­out elec­tric­ity af­ter high winds dam­aged power lines.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity handed out sand­bags in Macduff, Banff, Scot­stown and Fraser­burgh af­ter the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency warned of tidal flood­ing.

Dog walk­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers were urged to stay clear of cliffs and quay­sides as dra­matic footage showed 10ft and 20ft waves crash­ing over har­bour walls across the Buchan re­gion.

Heavy snow­fall forced road clo­sures in the area. The A93 Brae­mar to Cairn­well road, the B974 Ban­chory to Fet­ter­cairn route and the A97 Lums­den to Rhynie road were all ham­pered by the weather con­di­tions. The Rose­hearty to Sand­haven route was also closed due to coastal flood­ing.

Warn­ings were is­sued to driv­ers on the A952 be­tween Toll of Bir­ness and Mint­law and on the B9077 be­tween South Dee­side Road and Leg­gart Ter­race due to sleet and sur­face wa­ter.

Schools in Towie, Strath­don, Lo­gie Cold­stone and St Combs were all closed to pupils and poor driv­ing con­di­tions dis­rupted school bus ser­vices at Al­ford, Mel­drum and Tur­riff academies.

SSE de­ployed he­li­copters to look for dam­age to over­head power lines in the north-east. The ma­jor­ity of homes were re­con­nected by mid-af­ter­noon. By early evening, Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil an­nounced it had de­ployed grit­ters equipped with snow ploughs to all routes in the area.

They were due to re­sume grit­ting and clear­ing deep snow at 5.30am this morn­ing.

Last night, the Met Of­fice is­sued a yel­low ice warn­ing across the Grampian area. Of­fi­cials said ice was likely to form on un­treated sur­faces es­pe­cially where show­ers of sleet, snow and hail oc­curred.

As much as three inches of snow could fall on higher ground with around an inch ex­pected in some low­ly­ing ar­eas.

Res­i­dents have been urged to take pre­cau­tions while trav­el­ling and to ex­pect longer jour­ney times.

The Met Of­fice’s chief fore­caster said: “A cold north to north­west­erly airstream will main­tain the risk of win­try show­ers through Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing.

“How­ever, amounts of snow are likely to be very vari­able with some places re­main­ing dry al­to­gether.”

The River Deveron floods at Duff House Royal Golf Club

The weather make for a dra­matic scene at Port­soy

Heavy snow makes driv­ing tricky in Rhynie

SHEL­TER FROM THE STORM: Spray breaks over the har­bour wall at Port­soy as fish­ing boats take cover from the strong winds and heavy seas. Pho­to­graph: Kenny El­rick

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