Final fling for winter as snow hits large parts of Moray

Spring flowers struggle through the snow on Speyside (pic: Lesley Ann Parker/Facebook)

Police in Moray and Aberdeenshire had to issue road warnings to motorists after wintry conditions returned just days after the region had basked in warm sunshine.

Meanwhile Moray Council placed their road gritters on standby as overnight temperatures were set to plummet to levels normally associated with mid-winter.

Snow fell on parts of Moray, Speyside and Aberdeenshire with over an inch covering some roads. The conditions are thought to have been a contributory factor in a collision on the A96 on Sunday between Insch and Huntly.

An air ambulance was called to the scene at around 1.45pm – however, it suffered difficulties itself because of snow and did not take off. A 47-year-old was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary although her injuries were not thought to be serious.

A police spokesman said: “We were called by the fire and rescue service at 1.45 – at that time there was an inch of snow on the roads and it was also icy.” The road was reopened by 8.30pm on Sunday evening.

Forecasters say that the period of sleet and snow should begin to clear this morning. They had issued a yellow alert for Sunday, a spokesman saying: “Periods of sleet and upland snow will largely die out during Sunday evening and as skies clear icy stretches are expected to form on untreated routes, especially on upland routes where snow has settled.

“The risk of ice will persist through the night but will quickly thaw after sunrise on Monday morning.”