MORAY is continuing to feel the effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ which has brought havoc across large sections of the UK.
A total of 36 schools in Moray closed on Wednesday, with 30 remaining shut the following day, including Keith Grammar, Buckie High, Lossiemouth High and Milne’s High School in Fochabers.
Others, such as Mosstodloch and Lhanbryde primaries opened yesterday, but families who rely on school buses had to find alternative transport.
As temperatures dropped in the Cairngorms to below -15C, the A939 from Tomintoul over the Lecht to Cockbridge was closed from Wednesday onwards.
In addition, several sections of other roads were effected by drifting snow, but were labelled ‘passable with care’ by Moray Council.
These included the A941 between Elgin and Aberlour, the B9010 from Elgin to Kellas, the B9008 from Tomnavoul to Tomintoul, the B9009 at Glenrinnes and the Corsemaul Summit section of the A920 from Dufftown to Huntly.
Meanwhile, all buses to and from Dufftown were cancelled.
But despite being on the receiving end of up to eight inches of snow, Liz Lettey of the Kirkmichael and Tomintoul Community Association said it was business as usual as far as villagers were concerned.
"As far as I can see it’s been no worse than any winter in Tomintoul. The school is closed but apart form that people are just getting on as normal.
"Some people like to make a bit of a fuss about things."
However, on the other side of the coin, the Moray coastline, which is usually protected by sea breezes, was hit with several inches.
Lossiemouth resident Jean Grant, who is 77, said: "This is the worst snow I’ve seen here in the town since I can remember."
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