Travel chaos as Beast from East bat­ters Tay­side

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY CIARAN SHANKS

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.”

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