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Amber warning for heavy snowfall

By Chris Saunderson

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THE threat of heavy snowfall has prompted Moray Council to urge people to stay at home wherever possible.

The Scottish Government lockdown guidance is only essential travel is permitted and there is an amber weather warning in place for the entire area from midnight tonight until 6pm on Saturday.

Snow is already causing problems in some areas of Moray.
Snow is already causing problems in some areas of Moray.

The Met Office’s yellow weather warning is already in effect for much of Moray, but conditions are expected to deteriorate.

The snow is expected to become persistent and heavy, and could lead to some significant disruption to travel and utilities.

Conditions are already challenging in some parts of Moray, particularly in rural areas such as Glenlivet, Tomnavoulin and Bluefolds, where drifting snow is making some roads impassable.

Moray Council’s Roads Maintenance Manager, Mark Atherton, is urging residents to consider if their journeys are essential and, if not, to stay at home.

“Our focus has to be on keeping the roads clear for essential and emergency journeys. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly in adverse weather; motorists can get stuck, causing obstructions for our ploughs and gritters which will hamper our efforts to keep lifeline roads open to communities and for our already busy emergency services.

“We will be hard at work monitoring the weather conditions and co-ordinating our crews to areas where there is the greatest need. We are also grateful to those who volunteer to help with snow-clearing efforts, such as our farming community.

“If you do have to travel we have interactive gritting maps, maps of grit bins and explanations of our priority routes all available on our website to help plan your route, but staying at home for all but essential purposes is the ask of our residents.”

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