THE RECENT arctic blast in the Angus area has caused problems for everyone.
The wintry weather, which started on Friday, has caused travel disruption for commuters, school closures and has left some paths treacherous to those on foot.
Wintery conditions look set to be with us for a few more days with the Met Office extending the amber alert for snow in the Angus and wider Tayside area yesterday. It has also issued a yellow warning to be prepared for the possibility of snow on Wednesday (today) and for the rest of the week.
It is advised by Angus Council that if you are out and about during adverse weather to bear in mind that the council cannot clear all routes at all times, and so to take account of the weather conditions and drive appropriately.
Drivers are reminded that even roads which have been gritted may be prone to icing during periods of cold weather because salt is less effective when there is intermittent rainfall or when temperatures fall below -5ºC.
When driving in adverse weather, motorists are reminded that road conditions vary with the weather and can change quickly and that rain and sleet can wash salt from the road leaving it prone to icing.
In adverse weather you may prefer to use public transport or to car share to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. For more information on car sharing you can visit www.angusliftshare.com.
In regards to school closures in the Angus area, real time updates of any school closures and disruption to school transport are published on the Angus Council website and are automatically relayed to the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Any disruption to school transport will be posted on the Angus School Transport Information page.
If you have an older or less mobile relative, friend or neighbour please keep in contact with them in periods of severe weather to ensure they are all right. They may appreciate some help with shopping or daily tasks during any spells of severe winter weather, so let them know you are willing to help. Family and friends are urged to keep in touch with elderly people to ensure their wellbeing.
On Tuesday, Aberlemno Primary School, Airlie Primary School, Auchterhouse Primary School, Birkhill Pre-School, Carmyllie Primary School, Cortachy Primary School, Eassie Primary School, Isla Primary School, Lethnot Primary School, Northmuir Primary School, Southmuir Primary School, Tannadice Primary School, Tarfside Primary School and Tealing Primary School were closed all day with the exception of Webster’s High School which closed at 2 p.m., Auchterhouse Primary School which was open to staff at alternative locations and Birkhill Pre-School where the primary school was open at the parents’ discretion.