Roads hit by ice – with high winds to come

Ice was causing problems for drivers across the Helensburgh area this morning – with warnings of more bad weather to come.

Police closed the A82 trunk road on Loch Lomondside southbound at the Stoneymollan roundabout at 6am so that gritters could make the road safe.

And although Argyll and Bute Council gritters were in action across the area, drivers were faced with frozen-up cars and pedestrians struggled on icy pavements.

The Met Office said: “The first cold plunge of the season will bring air which has originated over the Canadian arctic south over the area.

“This air mass will contain frequent showers, which will fall as snow over hills, and at times to low levels, especially in heavier bursts.

“Accumulations will be mainly over vegetated surfaces, though cold rain or melting snow will chill road surfaces rapidly leading to a risk of icy stretches.”

Heavy rain is expected from 6pm tonight, while a yellow alert of wind has been issued for Wednesday, with north or north westerly gusts of up to 60mph in Argyll and Bute.

The Met Office said: “The public should be aware that the winds are likely to be strong enough to cause some local disruption to travel, and possible some minor structural damage to buildings.

“The winds will slowly moderate from the west during Wednesday evening.”