Freezing conditions and heavy snowfall caused major disruption across roads in Deeside and Donside this week.
Aberdeenshire council gritting teams worked around the clock to get the roads passable but often to little avail as snow continued to fall throughout the night.
Commuters were left stranded in traffic tailbacks and cars lost control on treacherous roads.
A woman was left trapped in her car after a crash near Aboyne and A957 slug road between Stonehaven and Banchory was left completely abandoned on Monday (14 January) as drivers avoided the route.
Banchory Councillor Linda Clark praised the motorists she saw on the roads around the town and advised of the importance of weather forecasts: ”I would commend the drivers who were in front of me yesterday as we struggled against the elements.
‘‘Weather forecasts are vital for us all and I will be watching them myself as I negotiate my way throughout Deeside.”
She also had advice for pedestrians: “Nobody wants to have broken bones so we all have to tread carefully (on the pavements).”
Aboyne Councillor Peter Argyle also had a word of warning for motorists: “As always, it is important that motorists prepare for the weather, allow extra time and drive according to road conditions.”
He added that council gritting teams were “dedicated, hard working people”: “Our crews are dedicated, hard working people who do a great job in terrible weather but even they cannot turn winter roads into summer ones!”
The weather also shut Chapel of Garioch and Crathes primaries.
The Met Office reports that snow will be moving out of the area and showers will be moving in from the North Sea.
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Weather for Banchory
Friday 24 May 2013
Temperature: 1 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 4 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: North west