Amber Weather Warning for snow

Turriff & areas south are under an Amber Weather Warning for snow until 0600 on Saturday morning.

The Met Office warning says

Snow is expected to become more widespread, persistent and heavy from Thursday afternoon and continue through to Saturday. Fresh snowfall totals of 10-15 cm is possible at low-levels, with 20-30 cm accumulating above about 150 m. Some high ground exposed to strong easterly winds could see as much as 50 cm building up by Saturday morning. However some places close to the east coast may see only small amounts of snow settling. The strong easterly winds will likely lead to drifting snow, temporary blizzard conditions, and ice forming on exposed power lines and phone masts. Persistent snow should ease on Saturday, though snow showers will follow.

Aberdeenshire Council are reporting

Our Roads Service is drafting in additional staff and contacting farmers and ploughing contractors to ensure we have the capacity to deal with the forecast snow levels across Aberdeenshire – but remember these teams cannot be everywhere every minute of the day so please be patient.

Every available carriageway and footway blade is being manned to support our communities at this time and we will endeavour to keep all of our grit boxes topped up as and when we can.
Our focus will be on ensuring our priority routes are kept open, but we will treat secondary routes and footways where we have the capacity to do so.

On safety grounds, our Waste Services will be closing a number of Household Recycling Centres and you should not attend these even if you have a prior booking.
Recycling centres in Banchory, Huntly, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, Turriff and Westhill will close at 3pm today.

Local resilience groups have been put on standby by the council to assist in local areas, if possible.

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