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‘Black Monday’ warning as Storm Ana descends on Tayside and Fife

Despite roads being treated, grit may be less effective in low temperatures.
Despite roads being treated, grit may be less effective in low temperatures.

Parts of Scotland are set to be too cold for grit to work with temperatures on ‘Black Monday’ expected to plummet lower than in Siberia.

Up to half a foot of lying snow, black ice and -10C lows as part of Storm Ana are predicted to trigger rush-hour problems.

Tayside and Fife will escape the worst of the Arctic conditions — however, a yellow weather warning has still been issued for the region.

Temperatures in Dundee will hover between -2C and 0C, with sunny spells and freezing fog patches.

The low areas of Angus, Perthshire and Fife will fare similarly, with hilly terrain expected to see temperatures as low as -7C and a high probability of snow.

Northern Perthshire in particular is likely to see scattered snow showers and widespread frost.

Storm Ana follows ‘Snow Sunday’, which saw up to four inches’ snow in Scotland as a ‘snow bomb’ delivered Britain’s biggest snow event for five years.

The Met Office warned of “challenging” rush-hour conditions with black ice from remnants of yesterday’s conditions and failing grit, which becomes less effective when temperatures plunge lower than -5C.

Motorists using the Tay Road Bridge were urged to “take extra care” due to the low temperatures.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “Monday morning will be challenging on some routes.

“There will be lying snow from Sunday plus the risk of ice and black ice in areas which saw Sunday’s snow and rain.

“Tuesday could see snow on Scottish hills, Wednesday sees frequent blustery showers and hail – with gales – and it could turn colder again at the end of the week in a northerly air stream.”

Storm Ana is a low pressure weather system named by Spanish meteorologists, with the worst of it hitting Spain and some of the effects felt in the UK.

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