First serious snow of winter disrupts transport services
The first serious snow of winter brought the gritters out and caused disruption to transport services. Flights in and out of Sumburgh were cancelled last night, and although today’s early morning flights to Kirkwall and Aberdeen got away more or less on time, other departures were subject to delays of anything up to an hour-and-a-half.
This morning’s early flight from Aberdeen arrived only 20 minutes late but all subsequent arrivals are subject to delay. Airport manager Nigel Flaws said the delays were due to snow last night, and the airport is “open for operations as normal”.
Flights in and out of Scatsta have been operating normally.
No school closures have been reported as conditions are not bad enough for a “blanket” closure to be ordered.
This morning a Kia car was on its roof in the ditch at Cunningsburgh following an accident at around 8am.
An earlier flurry of snow on Friday resulted in three people being hurt in two accidents. One person was taken to hospital around noon following a two-vehicle collision on the A968 Voe to Mossbank road in which one ended up on its roof. The injured person was later allowed home.
Emergency services were called to deal with an accident on the A970 at Fladdabister Straights at around 12.10pm.
The car also ended up on its roof and although the two occupants were not trapped they were both hurt. They were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital for treatment but their injuries were not serious.
The council’s roads department has a good supply of road salt and another load is expected during the course of the winter.