Travel chaos as Beast from East batters Tayside
HEAVY snowfall has brought travel disruption to Dundee and Tayside — with forecasters warning of more “life-threatening” weather ahead.
Police have reported several incidents on major roads, with vehicles crashing into barriers and others becoming stuck in the deep snow.
An amber warning is in place until 6pm tomorrow.
Police are advising motorists to avoid travelling during the amber warning.
A car crashed into a post in the Hilltown at the junction with Victoria Road. There were no injuries.
Numerous incidents were reported on roads in and out of Dundee — with a lorry crashing into the back of a Royal Mail vehicle on the A90.
On the same road, two HGVs were trapped in snow at around 7am on the A909 near Glencarse.
BEAR Scotland said teams have been working “round the clock” to clear Tayside’s roads.
Despite the treacherous conditions, Dundee City Council said city schools would remain open.
The announcement sparked fierce criticism from angry parents.
Dozens said they would not be taking their children to school despite the council’s decision.
The council tweeted: “All Dundee schools will be OPEN as usual today. The decision has been taken after careful consideration of the weather conditions throughout the day.”
The High School of Dundee is closed. All Dundee & Angus College campuses are closed but both the University of Dundee and Abertay University are open.
Scores of complaints were made about roads not being properly gritted.
However, this didn’t sit well with Tayside Contracts’ roads department chief Jillian Livie, who tweeted: “Seriously ****** me off when people start complaining about the state of the roads when it snows. How do you think the gritter drivers manage to get to work??”
The Tweet has now been deleted and the account locked.
The Scottish Government warned that the amber alert for snow in Dundee, Tayside and Fife today and tomorrow could be upgraded to red, meaning extreme weather is expected.
All Xplore Dundee services are running as normal with the company u-turning on its decision to cancel school buses earlier in the morning.
Friends and family of Liam Colgan, the city man missing in Hamburg, were supposed to be carrying out a bucket collection last night at Tannadice to raise money in the hope of finding him.
However, this was cancelled after Dundee United called off their match with Queen of the South.
Angus Council announced that Newtyle, Tealing, Letham, Eassie, Strathmartine, Aberlemno, Isla and Birkhill primary schools would all be closed. Dozens of schools are also closed throughout Perth & Kinross.
The Tay Road Bridge is open but drivers are urged to reduce their speed due to the poor conditions.
Jim Dale, meteorologist with British Weather Service, said: “You are in the hazardous weather just now — the next 24 hours will add to that.
“You’ve got to be prepared when going out travelling. I don’t want to seem like over egging the pudding but this is life-threatening weather.”