Spate of crashes and roads closed as Tayside and Fife is hit by Beast from the East

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Crashes and breakdowns are affecting local roads.

Crashes have taken place across Courier Country roads as the region is hit by the Beast from the East.

Two lorries crashed on the southbound A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road near Happas at about 8am, causing long tailbacks on the busy trunk road.

And in Dundee a red Kia crashed into a lamppost at the foot of the Hilltown, where it meets Victoria road, just after 8am.

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Car crashes on Hilltown in Dundee

An accident also took place on the M90 Perth to Edinburgh road between Kinross and Gairney Bridge at about 9.30am.

Roads conditions across Fife are said to be poor with many vehicles struggling on rural roads.

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The A93 Braemar to Perth road was closed between Braemar and the Spittal of Glenshee until about 11am.

The Cairn O’ Mount road between Fettercairn and Strachan has also been shut due to the weather.

On the A9 Perth to Inverness road a breakdown was affecting the route near Cairnie Brae just before 6am.

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The A9 at Loaning Head

The Forth Road Bridge has been completely closed due to “adverse weather conditions”.

Traffic Scotland posted: “The A9000 Forth Road Bridge is currently closed in both directions due to adverse weather conditions.

“This is likely to affect the crossing until the severe weather conditions have subsided.”

Drivers taking to the Tay Road Bridge have been told to “keep their speed down” due to high winds and wintry showers.

Xplore Dundee has warned people in the city to be prepared for delays. There has been reports of buses getting stuck in parts of the city.

A number of delays are affecting Stagecoach East Scotland services across Tayside and Fife. Buses from Dundee to Angus, Fife and Perthshire have all been hit, with one service in Perth called off due to the weather this morning.

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A severe “amber” weather warning for snow is in place for Tayside and Fife with the Met Office warning that more than 1ft could land in some areas of the East Coast.

Between 2in-3.9in of the white stuff is expected quite widely from Wednesday into Thursday, however some places under the warning are could experience 5.9in-9.8in and possibly even more than 15in.

The conditions have led to a string of school closures across Tayside and Fife, however Dundee City Council schools remain open.

Police Scotland has told people across the country to avoid driving if possible with an amber Met Office warning of snow in place for Wednesday and Thursday.

The force said drivers could “experience severe delays of several hours or more”, adding: “Conditions for travel are extremely dangerous and you should avoid the specified road(s) and if you do travel you will experience severe disruption.

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Dundee this morning

“Congestion caused by vehicles may restrict emergency, recovery or winter maintenance vehicles from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.

“Drivers of HGVs should drive with extreme caution and be aware that you may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police.

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Fabio Fodaro during a blizzard at Helix Park in Falkirk

Winter driving is a question of common sense and drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor.”