Lollipop heroes come to the fore in blowy Moray

Crossing attendants go above and beyond in Moray
Crossing attendants go above and beyond in Moray

MORAY MAY HAVE escaped the worst of Storm Gertrude this morning but high winds and rain has still been causing disruption – and problems for brave school crossing attendants!

The conditions made difficulties on the school run this morning – and particular praise at New Elgin Primary where Debbie the school crossing attendant was going above and beyond in her call of duty.

Reader Heather Sanderson told insideMoray: “I would just like to thank all the school patrol crossing ladies and gentlemen who do a great job of crossing our young ones to school.

“But especially in the horrendous conditions today, I have just seen Debbie outside New Elgin Primary crossing children whilst dodging wheelie-bins – and also catching them to avoid their hitting the children. Thanks are due to them all!”

Travel disruption is affecting roads, rail and ferries around the country with no services running out of Inverness to the south, north or west this morning. Services between Inverness and Aberdeen have remained unaffected so far – but those intending to travel are being warned to check before they leave home.

Further disruption is being predicted throughout the Grampian region overnight tonight, with the Met Office issuing a yellow alert for snow and rain on the back of Storm Gertrude. That is expected to cause travel difficulties in Moray and Aberdeenshire.

While winds will moderate this afternoon, severe weather is expected to return overnight with the Met Office saying: “A cold front will clear away south-eastwards during Friday afternoon, introducing a much colder and deeply unstable air mass for Friday night and most of Saturday.

“Showers will turn increasingly heavy, frequent and wintry during Friday evening, particularly across northern and western parts of Scotland, with the gale force winds causing blizzard conditions at times.

“By Saturday afternoon showers will tend to become lighter and less frequent, with fresh snow becoming mainly confined to higher ground. However, wind will remain strong until the evening.”