Heavy snow causes traffic chaos

Heavy snowfall across Scotland has led toÊdozens of accidents and the cancellation of many sporting events in the region, it has been reported.

Motorists were left stranded on the main A90 road in the Grampian area because of black ice. The A939 was closed down at the Lecht and the M74 in Lanarkshire also saw  traffic disruption due to the cold conditions.

Fire crews said there had been more than a dozen road accidents in the North East. Lower-lying areas saw around 2-3cm of snow, while the figure was around 5-10cm in higher ground.

The Scottish Premier League match between Hamilton and Dundee United at New Douglas Park  and several Division One matches across the region  were cancelled due to the snow.

The mercury dropped to minus six degrees and minus eight degrees on the Ayrshire coast and in Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire.

Brendan Jones, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's been particularly cold, and on Monday it's going to be just as cold, with temperatures dropping again to minus six degrees in places.

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