Alert issued as winter freeze set to take a grip on Moray

Ice and snow as Arctic air is fanned in Moray's direction
Ice and snow as Arctic air is fanned in Moray’s direction

MOTORISTS ARE BEING warned to take great care on Moray’s roads as recent rain makes way for new challenges – ice and snow.

Temperatures in parts of Moray dropped below freezing last night and the Met Office issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning from 10am this morning, saying that ice was the main danger.

A spokeswoman for the weather agency said: “It is going to be a cold snap that will bring icy patches and some snow on higher ground. This is being brought by a change in the weather pattern from that we’ve experienced in the last few weeks, a north and north-west airflow is pushing cold, Arctic air into Scotland.

“The wetter surfaces are now going to freeze as the temperatures go down, roads will become very icy and so people need to be aware of this and drive accordingly.”

The Met Office say that temperatures throughout the coming week are unlikely to rise much above freezing – dropping well below freezing in parts of the region.

Meanwhile travel issues still affect those wishing to move far beyond the Moray boundaries as many roads in Aberdeenshire, while slowly getting back to normal, are still affected by floodwater.

Air travel is also returning to normal after a hole in the runway at Aberdeen Airport was repaired overnight, but ScotRail services are still suffering from delays and cancellations.