Schools closed and roads blocked as winter comes to Argyll

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Argyll awoke to heavy snow as the region finally got a taste of winter.

It took until Tuesday January 22 for it to arrive, after an exceptionally mild spell over December and January – but when it did come it came in style, closing schools and roads around the region.

Around three inches fell in barely an hour around 8am, severely stretching the snow clearing capabilities of both Argyll and Bute Council and trunk road management company BEAR Scotland.

Conditions on the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful

Traffic stuck in snow blocked the A83 trunk road near Minard for a time, with reports of vehicles struggling in the conditions all over Argyll and Bute. Bus routes were hit and West Coast Motors reported ‘severely disrupted’ services from the Oban area through to Dunoon.

Treacherous conditions forced the closure of a number of primary schools in Argyll and Bute, including Craignish, Inveraray, Kilninver, Lochgoilhead and Strachur.

Argyll and Bute Council gritters were on duty from 4am, treating routes ‘in order of priority’.

The local authority advised drivers not to attempt to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Forecasters predict that the snow will ease through Tuesday and Wednesday, replaced by colder conditions, before milder air and rain returns by Thursday.