Published: 01/03/2018 21:15 - Updated: 01/03/2018 21:18

Highland weather advice from police

Written byTom Ramage

 

Met Office warnings are at Yellow and Amber

 

Police Scotland are urging people to continue to monitor the forecast and stick to the advice being given by the authorities.

Amber and Yellow weather warnings remain in place for much of the country so motorists can expect the weather conditions to remain challenging.

A police spokesperson said this afternoon (March 1): "The disruption caused during the prolonged, heavy snowfall and strong winds means police and our partner agencies are still dealing with a number of issues right across our transport network, mostly on our roads.

"Conditions remain very challenging and we continue to urge people not to travel in the affected areas."

The advice from the emergency services was clear - do not travel in the affected areas but if you have travelled and you get into difficulty, stay in your vehicle, call for assistance and wait for help to arrive.

Superintendent Helen Harrison. who is coordinating the multi-agency response, added: "We continue to deal with a number of challenging incidents right across the country and the response from our officers, staff and those of our partner agencies has been outstanding.

"We are not complacent through and we will continue to monitor the situation closely in order to keep people as safe as possible. Our advice has not changed - avoid travel in the affected areas and keep a close eye on the Met Office updates and from the authorities across Scotland.

"We are continuing to run a multi-agency command centre at Bilston to coordinate the emergency response with our partners and to keep Scotland moving as best we can.

"The advice remains the same - if you can postpone your journey in affected areas until after the amber warning ceases I would urge you to do so. We’d ask employers to continue to allow staff to work flexibly."

Between 8am yesterday and this morning Police Scotland control room staff had answered 8272 calls (999 calls 1892, 101 calls 6380).

"We are expecting that we will continue to deal with a high volume of calls and are asking the public to help us manage the level of demand by following @TrafficScotland for the latest on road closures.

"We would also request that if people are looking for advice on local transport services please call the provider directly or check their websites.

"Our control room staff cannot advise people if they should or shouldn’t go to work. We would ask members of the public to make that decision, along with their employers based on the conditions and the advice being given."

Supported by their Armed Response colleagues on routine patrols across the country, Roads Policing and Divisional officers responded to a number of notable emergencies including a vulnerable elderly woman in Aberdeenshire and a vulnerable male who got separated from his coach party in Inverness.

For updates on the weather and travel conditions follow Police Scotland social media accounts and @TrafficScotland and @MetOffice.

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