Travel disruption has already begun, as the Met Office prepares to give tomorrow’s tempest the name Storm Gareth. Yesterday, drivers had to cope with atrocious conditions as sleet and snow carved a wintry path across the bulk of the country. In Dumfries and Galloway, a gritter skidded off the road and overturned on the A76 near Mennock. The driver suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene.
At Tyndrum in Stirlingshire, another crash resulted in the closure of the A82 as police warned motorists of severe weather.
Most of the country’s road bridges were placed under high wind warnings which caused the cancellation of a number of Cal Mac sailings on the west coast, including the routes between Oban, Coll and Tiree, Mallaig to Armadale and Tarbert (Loch Fyne) to Lochranza.
No sooner had one Met Office warning for severe weather expired, than another kicked in at 9pm last night.The whole country was warned to expect a danger from snow and ice during this morning’s commute.
The wind sent trees crashing across high-voltage cables, and motorists narrowly escaped serious injuries after trees and scaffolding crashed on top of cars causing vehicles beneath them.
The succession of weather systems is being driven by cold weather in the United States, which is fuelling the Jetstream.
A climber rescued after spending a freezing night on a Scottish mountain has died, police confirmed last night. The 57-year-old and his 49-year-old companion – part of a group from Nottinghamshire – were rescued from Stob Coire nan Lochan, part of the Three Sisters ridges in Glencoe on Saturday.
The older man was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but last night Police Scotland said he had “sadly passed away”.