Black ice causes havoc on north east roads

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Commuters faced delays across Aberdeenshire this morning following a spate of crashes on icy roads.

The A957 Slug Road from Stonehaven to Crathes is blocked by a jack-knifed lorry half a mile from the Spurryhillock junction, whilst the snow gates remain closed on the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road.

Police halted traffic on the A90 as drivers awaited gritters to tackle black ice on the Muchalls bend.

The Met Office issued a Yellow warning of ice for Grampian last night, which remains in place until 11am this morning, Thursday January 22.

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed school closures, and delays and cancellations on school transport routes. The dangerous driving conditions have left staff unable to get to work and buses seeking alternative routes. The following transport to Banchory Academy was cancelled this morning: AJS Contract cars Tilquhillie SS810K4. Pupils travelling to Westhill Academy saw changes to transport routes.

Council gritters have been out on the roads since 5.30am.