Wild weather in­com­ing

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

Aband of tor­ren­tial rain and gale force winds will bat­ter parts of the north-east to­day ahead of a “bright and dry” week­end.

The Met Of­fice has is­sued a yel­low “be aware” weather warn­ing be­cause of the fore­cast con­di­tions – which are ex­pected to bring around one inch of rain to Royal Dee­side.

Higher ar­eas are be­ing warned to ex­pect two inches of rain­fall in just a few hours.

The warn­ing is in place from 1pm to­day un­til mid­night and is ac­com­pa­nied by alerts of gusts of up to 50mph.

Met Of­fice me­te­o­rol­o­gist, John West did of­fer some op­ti­mism for the week­end how­ever and said: “The week­end will see spells of sunshine, ac­com­pa­nied with some show­ers. It will set­tle down fol­low­ing a very, very un­set­tled Fri­day which will see some heavy rain of up to two inches on higher ground.

“For Re­mem­brance Sun­day, there will be some show­ers but most parts will be dry and bright. But if you are go­ing out to any morn­ing ser­vices – I would take a brolly.”

The Met Of­fice warn­ing sug­gests some homes and busi­nesses could be flooded, with spray and flood­ing on roads mak­ing jour­ney times longer.

Some de­lays to road, rail, air and ferry trans­port is also ex­pected and for high­sided ve­hi­cles on ex­posed routes and bridges.

It also warns that some ar­eas may ex­pe­ri­ence short term loss of power and coastal com­mu­ni­ties may be af­fected by large waves.

Pre­par­ing for icy weather, Aberdeen­shire coun­cil have re­as­sured res­i­dents that its 24-hour win­ter op­er­a­tions room is now up and run­ning and grit­ters, salt and roads staff are all “ready to go”.

Chair­man of the coun­cil’s In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, Peter Ar­gyle, said: “Now that win­ter has ar­rived, our res­i­dents and com­muters should be as­sured that we are highly pre­pared. But we are also re­al­is­tic and look­ing back at last win­ter, when there are ex­treme con­di­tions we do the best we can and road users have to be aware of those con­di­tions and drive ac­cord­ingly – or some­times not at all.

“As ever, our teams will be work­ing tire­lessly over the win­ter pe­riod to en­sure our roads, foot­ways and cy­cle paths re­main safe and pass­able.” New equip­ment has been added to Scot­land’s win­ter fleet as trans­port chiefs plan how to keep the coun­try mov­ing in the months ahead.

It comes fol­low­ing the Beast from the East ear­lier this year which saw hun­dreds of driv­ers stranded on the M80 overnight as a red weather warn­ing for snow was in place.

A new elec­tricpow­ered spreader will be de­ployed as a pa­trol ve­hi­cle on the M8 and a Hilltip ices­triker from Fin­land will be tri­alled on the M80.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Michael Math­e­son said: “We have looked to make im­prove­ments across the board, from equip­ment and treat­ments to in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice for trav­ellers.”

STORMY CON­DI­TIONS: Higher ar­eas of Royal Dee­side can ex­pect two inches of rain

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