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Treacherous roads as heavy snow falls

A snow plough clears the Kergord road - Photo: Elaine Falconer

HEAVY snowfall across parts of Shetland on Saturday caused treacherous driving conditions, with some vehicles getting stuck or coming off the road.

There have been reports locally of vehicles, including buses and lorries, getting stuck while travelling uphill on the A970 heading north just outside of Lerwick.

A tractor comes to the aid of a car after it slides off the road in Aith. Photo: Lewis Fraser

Some cars have come off the road elsewhere in Shetland, such as Aith, but police said nothing major had been reported to them.

Others were forced into cutting their trips short and turning back to go home because of the poor road conditions.

Kergord valley also suffered heavy snow fall. Photo: Elaine Falconer

Some bus services have been subject to delays. For up to date details, please check the Transport Notification portal on the left hand side of this website’s frontpage.

Council gritters have been deployed in an effort to counter the slippy roads.

The Met Office meanwhile has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and wind for Shetland and Orkney that will run until 6pm on Saturday.

The first snow fell on Friday evening just hours after Storm Gertrude brought gusts of 105mph to the isles.

A detailed weather forecast can be found at 

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Snowy road  - Photo: Mark Berry


White roads in Aith. Photo: John Hay