Travel problems and school closures as snow descends on Carrick

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Carrick has not escaped the latest bout of severe weather.
BATTLING THE ELEMENTS: Carrick has not escaped the latest bout of severe weather.

WINTER weather has hit Carrick as roads close and schools shut.

The B741 Crosshill to Straiton road is currently closed, as is the B7023 Dailly to Crosshill road after a 10-vehicle road traffic accident this morning.

Police say the incident occurred after a bus left the road and ended up in a ditch, causing the motorists behind the swerve or stop suddenly.

Within the last half hour the A714 between Dailly and Girvan has also been closed.

Some Carrick children are also enjoying an unprecedented day off school as Barr, Straiton, and Crosshill primaries, as well as Invergarven School in Girvan, all failed to open today.

But while Carrick may be feeling the effects, neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway is one of the worst hit regions in Scotland.

Power cuts hit a number of homes, schools and businesses this morning, with many schools not contactable by phone.

Carrick’s Barrhill village was also affected by power outages, with Sarah Redman of Creeside Farm tweeting this morning that she had woken up to a power cut, gale force winds, and snow.

More than 100 Dumfries and Galloway schools are shut and three A roads have been deemed impassable for motorists, with police advising members of the public not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

The A711 between Kirkcudbright and Dundrennan is blocked by an HGV, while the A77 is closed between Stranraer and Portpatrick. The A75 has also recently been closed at Creetown.

The Met Office have upgraded the region’s yellow weather warning for snow to an amber alert from 1pm.

Tayside and Perthshire have also suffered disruption to travel, while in Aberdeenshire motorists have found themselves similarly stranded due to snow.

The severe weather is due to an area of rain and sleet moving north and turning increasingly to snow – with 5-10 centimentres predicted in some areas, and more 15cm over higher ground.

The front is expected to effect a broad swathe of central Britain for some 24 to 36 hours, continuing its slow progression north tomorrow.

The Met Office weather warnings are valid until midnight on Saturday.

To stay up to date with expected conditions visit www.metoffice.gov.uk