First snowfall of winter hits Galloway

The Flowe on the A75 near Palnure on Monday morning
The Flowe on the A75 near Palnure on Monday morning

THE first snowfall of the season hit Galloway with force on Monday, leaving some roads impassable and one or two vehicles sliding off icy roads.

Stranraer bore the brunt overnight on Sunday into Monday, forcing motorists to drive through blizzards en route to work before Newton Stewart was dusted in the white stuff shortly before 9am. The A75 between Kirkcowan and Glenluce almost ground to a halt as visibility fell dangerously low.

The Stewartry seemed to get off lightly with just a smattering of snow, and mainly heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued fresh warnings of snow across most parts of Scotland.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said a fleet of 130 gritters and winter patrols had been out overnight and efforts, involving the police and road and rail operators, were continuing to keep Scotland moving.

He added: “After a treacherous morning for many commuters across Scotland the weather is generally improving.

“That said conditions this evening and tomorrow morning are again likely to prove difficult due to more snow, wintry showers and freezing conditions, so staying alert and allowing extra time for journeys are absolutely key in order to help keep Scotland moving.

“A fleet of over 130 gritters and winter patrols were out throughout the night to treat trunk roads and we used 3,000 tonnes of salt - many other patrols were out in force on local roads.”