Police send out weather warning

After a first taste of summer last week, winter returned to Tayside and much of Scotland overnight with a strong blast of arctic weather bringing several centimetres of snow, which was lying even at coastal areas this morning, as well as sleet.

Traffic-wise, no serious incidents have been reported to Tayside Police since the weather crept in, although restrictions are in place on the Tay Road Bridge. The weather has prohibited high-sided vehicles from crossing and speeds are limited to 30mph for all other vehicles.

The A93 Spittal of Glenshee was closed at about 4am due to snow and there have been a number of minor road traffic accidents and reports of fallen trees and branches.

A northbound silver estate car left the A90 at the St Ann’s to Keithock junction in Brechin coming to rest in a ditch shortly before 7am. An ambulance attended and took the four occupants to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

A dark-coloured Vauxhall Astra left the A9 Perth to Stirling road at Tibbermore, at about 7.20am, coming to rest on its side in a field. The man who was driving was taken to Perth Royal Infirmary for check, but was not thought to be seriously hurt.

At about 8.20am two cars and a lorry were involved in a minor collision on the A90 Forfar to Dundee Road at Tealing. No one was injured and the vehicles were quickly taken from the road to ensure the carriageways remained open.

Around five minutes later, Tayside Police received a report of three vehicle collision in whiteout conditions near to Tullybaccart Farm, Coupar Angus, which resulted in the road being blocked. Vehicle occupants were reported as having a neck injury, a knee injury and other more minor injuries.

A tree trunk lying across the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen Road at Stracathro was quickly cleared shortly after 6am and a large art of a tree in Monifeith’s Victoria Street is to be removed by the roads department.

Elsewhere, a fallen branch on the A90 Finavon to Brechin was reported to be lying across one lane of the southbound carriageway shortly after 8am. A 30-foot branch came down at Kings Cross Hospital in Dundee and the tree itself was uprooted in Hospital Street.

Although the weather is expected to improve as the day goes on, the conditions are poor and Tayside Police would urge all motorists to alter their driving according to the conditions around them and drive with the utmost care.

Drivers should have the following information and advice in mind: Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front; On slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop;

Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone; Drive with care even if you think the roads have been treated.

Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen; If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence; Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs. Test your brakes after passing through the water; On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.