The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain spreading southwards late on Monday night and into Tuesday turning increasingly to snow across much of Scotland.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“In light of the Met Office warning for snow for many parts of Scotland, we have been in touch with trunk road operating companies to discuss their preparations and how they will monitor conditions at a local level. They are liaising closely with each other, the police, Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland and other key partners. Snow is not necessarily unusual in April and our winter maintenance season runs to mid-May for good reasons.
"The Traffic Scotland website, Variable Message Signs and Traffic radio are being used to provide up to date information to the travelling public, allowing them to plan and amend their journeys accordingly. Frontline and patrols vehicles are being deployed across the network and on routes that are likely to be affected by snow. Gritters will continue to operate until the snow has passed and will be further supported by additional vehicles. The Multi Agency Response Team (MART) has also been activated and will be fully operational until after tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) rush hour period.
“Coming so soon after last week's extremely mild temperatures the key is to guard against complacency. The Met Office advise that temperatures could be 15-20 degrees colder in some places than they were at the same time last week. Therefore the public should continue to check to travel bulletins or the Traffic Scotland website for the latest advice.”