The Herald

Travellers caught cold by heavy snow showers

- ALISON CHIESA alison.chiesa@theherald.co.uk

LARGE parts of Scotland saw some of their heaviest, if largely short-lived, snowfalls of the winter yesterday.

Sudden snow showers brought early morning disruption to travellers, and routes into Glasgow from Ayrshire were particular­ly badly affected as showers, mixed with sleet, fell throughout the rush hour.

Snow also affected Argyll and Dumfries and Galloway, along with parts of the north west Highlands and the Western Isles.

All routes around Glasgow were passable, although an accident near Ruchazie caused long tailbacks on the M8.

Sections of the A77 around Symington were very slow as drivers curbed their speed in the treacherou­s conditions.

In Argyll and Bute, the A817 Glen Fruin road was closed between the A82 junction and the A814 junction at Arden because of snow. Trains and buses were also delayed because of the weather.

Forecaster­s had predicted a sharp cold snap across Scotland, but snow overnight caught out many people.

Conditions are expected, however, to return to normal today, according to Laura Gilchrist, a forecaster with MeteoGroup UK.

She said: “It is going to feel like the snowstorms never happened. Everything will be back to normal, and we will wonder what all the fuss was about.”

Predicting “dry and sunny” conditions around the central belt today, followed by “standard cloudy breezy weather”, she added: “The day will begin with a chilly northerly wind – but this will mainly affect coastal, northern and eastern areas. Snow showers might continuing for a time in Aberdeensh­ire and the Northern Isles, but will eventually die away.”

Temperatur­es will average 7-8 degrees in the central belt.

Milder wetter weather is expected from tomorrow.

 ?? Picture: Martin Shields ?? WHITE DELIGHT: The snow at Strathclyd­e Country Park thrilled four-year-old Ross Ferguson from Motherwell.
Picture: Martin Shields WHITE DELIGHT: The snow at Strathclyd­e Country Park thrilled four-year-old Ross Ferguson from Motherwell.
 ??  ?? STANDSTILL: The M77 was one of a number of routes affected.
STANDSTILL: The M77 was one of a number of routes affected.

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