Drivers told to ‘stay off the roads’ following Lothians weather warning

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Advice has been issued to drivers urging them to avoid travel if possible as Scotland and the Lothians braces itself for more winter weather.

The Met Office “be prepared” alert until 10pm could see up to 10cm falling at low levels and 30cm on the highest routes.

A warning was upgraded to Amber this morning with West Lothian and the Falkirk area thought to be getting the worst of the winter weather in the region.

Officers also urged people to go home early, with the worst conditions expected from 3pm.

READ MORE: Lothian weather warning ‘upgraded to amber’ as more snow set to arrive

Winter maintenance teams are continuing to closely monitor the trunk road network around the clock, treating road surfaces and standing ready to assist motorists when required.

Drivers have been urged not to travel.

Drivers have been urged not to travel.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “With the Met Office issuing another amber warning for snow, we are facing another potentially difficult period for drivers on the trunk road network. We’re being told the period between 3pm and 10pm tonight is going to be challenging, so I’m urging people to avoid travel within the amber area at that time.

“More widely, we’re advising people to avoid travel if possible.

“If you choose to travel, particularly in the evening peak period, you are likely to face significant delays and disruption.

“Consider if you can make your journey home from work earlier than usual. Scottish Government officials are contacting business groups to make them aware of this advice, and I’d also ask employers to be flexible and consider letting staff leave early.

“If you must travel, then please take extra time to plan your journey, listen to police advice and drive to the conditions.

“Motorists can use the Traffic Scotland mobile website - my.trafficscotland.org - to get the latest information on the move, as well as check the @trafficscotland twitter page for updates.

“Our winter maintenance teams continue to work around the clock and stand ready to react to changing conditions.

“I once again thank them for their hard work in recent days.

“Other modes of transport may also face some challenges during this time. If you are planning to travel by rail, ferry or air, please contact your operator to see if your service is affected.”