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Scotland Hit with Arctic Blast

Scotland was hit with ice and snow over the weekend while the rest of the UK enjoyed sunshine. The country struggled to deal with the arctic blast, which brought more than a foot of snow.

The winter weather made driving conditions dangerous, and in some cases impossible, for motorists. The Highlands got the most snowfall, but Edinburgh and Glasgow got up to 2 inches. Authorities were warning motorists to be cautions and advising them to only drive if they had to.

Most routes were affected across the nation, with some roads being closed. Four lorries got stuck in heavy snow and ice on the M8 at Whitburn in West Lothian. A lane on the M90 in Fife was closed after a car accident. The A81 had problems around Striling, while the A811 was closed between Buchlyvie and Kepcullock Toll due to a car accident. Other roads that were affected were the B976 between Crathie and Gairnshiel and all of the A720 Edinburgh bypass.

According to Transport Scotland, they had enough salt to make sure roads were safe for motorists, with 260,000 tonnes being stockpiled and another 120,500 tonnes on order. A spokeswoman said the supplies were robust. The agency and their trunk road operating companies are watching forecasts and operating at a heightened level of vigilance and preparedness for the next few days to make sure everything is done to keep the country’s transport networks moving and open for business, she added.

Motorists weren’t the only ones hit, but they did feel the brunt. Airports and rail stations suffered only minor disruptions.

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