Scotland gripped by the worst winter in 45 years

Friday, December 3, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Jane Bradley
Scotsman.com
02 December 2010

SCOTLAND is in the grip of the worst winter in 45 years, as snow storms and icy conditions continue to batter the country, causing widespread disruption.

Much of the country’s transport system was gridlocked, with the Forth Road Bridge closed by snow for the first time, key trunk roads reduced to single lanes, bus and train services cancelled and Edinburgh airport closed to arrivals all day. Dundee closed its runway for part of the day and other airports suffered heavy delays.

As frozen Scotland endured another blast of snow and ice, more than a quarter of a million children got another day off, as 11 out of 32 local authorities closed all their schools. Four councils, the Borders, plus East, West and Midlothian, said all schools would remain closed until at least Monday.

The impact of the prolonged extreme weather, which saw overnight temperatures plummet to minus 20C at the Sutherland village of Altnaharra, has begun to be felt in hospitals. Many cancelled all non-emergency operations, diverting medical staff to emergency work.

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