Gritters out as Banchory hits lowest temperature

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As temperatures drop across the country, Aberdeenshire Council’s roads service has been out ensuring roads throughout the region are passable with care.

The lowest temperature recorded this morning was in Banchory at 5.40am where it dropped to -4.8ºC. Gritters treated all routes at 3.30pm yesterday (Sunday, Jan 18) and again at 5.30am this morning (Monday, Jan 19).

Extra gritters and seven snowploughs have been out in Marr where conditions have been the worst. Footpath gritters have been treating priority routes in a number of towns including Banchory, Portlethen, Laurencekirk, Ellon, Inverurie, Insch, Kintore, Newmachar, Kemnay, Westhill, Alford and Huntly.

As temperatures remain low, a particular difficulty encountered is the refreezing of water created on roads which have already been gritted.

The council’s road service continues to monitor the weather forecast and respond to concerns reported to them by members of the public.

Winter maintenance issues can be reported by calling 08456 08 12 05 or by completing an online form found at http://bit.ly/1lJXM1U

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES

B976 Crathie – Gairnshiel from A93 junction to A939 junction.

The snow gates on the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn are closed as well as those on the A93 Braemar – Spittal of Glenshee.

There have been some changes to school transport as a result of the weather conditions, a full list of closures and changes to transport can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1bowSoE

The rest of the day is expected to remain dry with sunny spells although temperatures are expected to remain below or fall sharply below freezing by late afternoon.

Wintry showers may affect the region for a brief time in the evening with the chance of small accumulations of sleet or snow to low levels brining icy patches.

Overnight and through Tuesday morning it will be largely dry although the odd isolated wintry shower cannot be ruled out.