As almost 30,000 homes were left without power throughout the Highlands and schools, businesses and roads were hit with closures, Moray emerged almost unscathed from the ‘weather bomb’ that hit Scotland on Wednesday.
There were no flood warnings in the region and only one school in Moray suffered closure – West End Primary suffering an electrical failure on Wednesday afternoon.
Predicted high winds did hit Moray and Aberdeenshire but these were not nearly as high as those that struck other parts of the Highlands, with only one tree reported to have been toppled – in Elgin’s Cooper Park.
However, the Met Office still have a yellow warning in place for the entire northern half of the UK although they are expected an easing of the problems that struck much of the country.
“Very strong winds will continue for some time yet across northern and central parts of the UK, as the deep low transfers slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland,” the Chief Forecaster for the Met Office said.
He added: “Wintry showers are also expected to give some significant snow accumulations, mainly for higher-level routes in Scotland and the north Pennines.
“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel from a number of factors, with ice and snowfall likely to become rather more problematic by morning.”