Police Scotland and partner agencies are advising the public to be prepared for the risk of disruption and difficult driving conditions as snow is forecast for Tayside – in particular Perth and Kinross, during this evening, overnight and into tomorrow morning.
The Met Office upgraded its warning for snow from Yellow (Be Aware) to Amber (Be Prepared) for much of the region from 1700 today, Wednesday January 28 to 1100 on Thursday January 29. Strong winds may lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes. Although snowfall will be variable, around 5cm of snow is likely in places at lower levels and over 15cm of snow may accumulate on higher ground.
Tayside Division is advising anyone who is travelling to allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions.
Chief Superintendent Iain Murray Head of Road Policing said:
“With a substantial risk of disruption to travel during the evening and morning rush hours motorists should consider spreading out or staggering their journeys across the peak periods.
“If you do decide to travel, ensure your vehicle is well prepared before setting off; make sure your windscreens are completely free of snow and ice, and your lights are working and clean.
“Driving on snow and ice means adapting your driving style. It is worth remembering the need to keep well back from the vehicle in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.
“Also watch out for snow-ploughs which may throw out snow on either side. Do not overtake them unless the lane you intend to use has been cleared.
“Please be prepared. Ensure you have sufficient fuel in the vehicle, as well as supplies for yourself and passengers, including food, water, warm clothes and a fully charged mobile phone. Check your route before you set off, and consider an alternative route, if possible.
“Road Policing crews will be patrolling the road network to keep people safe during this period – please follow our advice to travel with extra caution.”
“Check the details of your journey. The best way to do this is by listening to media broadcasts, especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com.”
Further details on weather warnings from the Met Office are available at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings