Warning of icy roads to follow the snow

Snow showers swept across Loch Long this morning
Snow showers swept across Loch Long this morning

Commuters once again faced havoc this morning (Tuesday) with up to six inches of snow falling across Argyll and Bute overnight.

Drivers face difficult conditions on the B833 Mill Brae between Rosneath and Kilcreggan last night and this morning, with the A818 Black Hill outside Helensburgh also problematic.

But Argyll and Bute Council said the A817 Haul Road through Glen Fruin was the only route in its area closed due to the snow.

A spokesman said: “Other routes are affected but are passable with care. All gritters and other resources are out and about clearing roads in continuing snow showers.

“Some parts of Argyll have seen snow fall of up to six inches, including Islay, Jura, Mull and Oban with around three to four inches in parts of Cowal and Mid Argyll.”

Garelochhead Coaches cancelled school buses taking pupils to Hermitage Academy this morning, but buses were running on schedule later in the day and the school buses are expected to run as usual this afternoon.

A Met Office yellow alert for snow will remain in force until 6pm tonight, followed by a warning of ice until 10am tomorrow.

A spokesperson said: “Following showers of a wintry mix during Tuesday, icy stretches are expected to form on untreated surfaces on Tuesday evening and last into Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

“In addition, further showers are likely overnight which may lead to wash-off of salt. These showers will be wintry over high ground, giving further local snow accumulations of some 2-5cm above around 400m though nearer 250m over northern Scotland.”