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Close call for Udny Green home owner

By David Porter

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Icy conditions over the weekend which have persisted into this week due to low temperatures have caused problems for drivers and residents across the north-east.

While both BEAR Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council have been continuing with gritting schedules on main roads, many towns and villages have seen intermittent rain combine with the freezing weather to leave pavements and side roads prone to black ice.

A close call at Udny Green
A close call at Udny Green

Even the gritting trucks themselves are not immune to the road conditions and on Saturday there was a close call in Udny Green as resident Jeannie Price explained: "We had a close shave with a council gritter lorry on Saturday morning and thankfully nobody was hurt but the 18 ton truck missed the front wall of the house by inches.

She continued: "We’ve lived here for 20 years and eventually got wise to the risk of parking outside in the winter months as the corner of the Green is notoriously slippy in icy conditions - my car was hit three years on the trot."

A close call at Udny Green
A close call at Udny Green

A similar scene played out near Daviot when the gritter came off the main Oldmeldrum to Colpy road at the turning up to the village, ending up in the ditch and had to be recovered.

Icy conditions across Aberdeenshire are likely to continue for several days with the current Met Office forecast indicating that temperatures will remain around freezing till around Thursday.

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