Weather alert!

WEATHER conditions are set to deteriorate across Tayside region in the coming hours, with rain, sleet and snow, as well as driving winds forecast to last well into Tuesday, say Tayside Police.

Officers are asking the public – and drivers in particular – to take the utmost care in what may be challenging driving conditions and ensure that vehicles are fully roadworthy before setting out on any journey.

The Met Office state that sleet and snow over higher ground will affect many areas at times today (Monday), and will become increasingly focussed on eastern parts of Scotland as the day goes on. As the temperatures drop during the day, snow will fall at lower levels.

Areas likely to be affected by the most significant snowfall are Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perth and Kinross, parts of Fife, parts of Central and Lothian and Borders. Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh could also be affected by snowfall. The combination of snow and strong winds could lead to some drifting.

The main period of snow is likely to be overnight and into Tuesday, with some snow showers continuing through much of Tuesday in eastern areas.

Emergency Services, the local authorities, along with SEPA and other partner agencies are working closely together as they continue to monitor the situation and ensure an effective response to any challenges.