Fresh snow caused misery for commuters yesterday with several crashes on roads across the north-east.
The wintry weather reappeared on Sunday night, with wet roads freezing in the cooler temperatures before being covered in snow.
The A92 road was closed between Charleston and Newtonhill after a lorry jack-knifed in the early hours of the morning.
Traffic was diverted on to the AWPR until the road reopened six hours later at 8.30am.
In a separate incident, a driver was taken to hospital after his lorry came off the A952 road between Mintlaw and the Toll of Birness, causing substantial traffic delays.
And several vehicles got stuck in the snow, including on the A920 between Dufftown and Huntly as commuters made their way to work.
The road ended up blocked with traffic unable to pass through on either side.
Drivers were yesterday warned to take care as the conditions remained difficult.
A police spokesman said: “Please only make necessary journeys.
“If you must drive then please slow down and allow an extended gap between you and the vehicle in front.”
Both councils in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire confirmed that gritters were out on roads across the region to make it safer for motorists.
And snow clearing machines were also deployed at Aberdeen International Airport.
Despite overnight snow, flights to and from Aberdeen are operating as usual. If you're travelling, please leave extra time on your way to the airport and take care on the roads. pic.twitter.com/1HX1ti9FUV
— Aberdeen Airport ✈ (@ABZ_Airport) January 28, 2019
Robert Paterson, airside operations manager at Aberdeen International Airport said: “The snow team is very proud of their work.
“They come in at about 3am in the morning to start their operations.
“We need to be ready for 6am and it’s very rare that we are unable to do that.”
There were also delays on rail services due to a signal fault at Montrose although engineers were on site and fixed the fault within half an hour.
⚠ NEW: @NetworkRailSCOT have advised us of signalling problems between #Montrose & Aberdeen. Train services running through these stations will be delayed or revised. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more info. Sorry if this fault is delaying your journey today. ^PD pic.twitter.com/EwAGw4OFta
— ScotRail (@ScotRail) January 28, 2019
Lindsay Saddler, infrastructure director at ScotRail, warned travellers to allow for more travel time during wintry weather.
She said: “Winter can be a difficult time for the railway with freezing temperatures and snow posing significant challenges to our operations.
“We work hard throughout the year to prepare, adapting our infrastructure to meet the unique challenges of each season and investing in specialist equipment so that when bad weather strikes we can keep as many services as possible moving.”
The Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow and ice for most areas of Scotland, except the Grampian region, yesterday morning.
Between five and 10 centimetres of fresh snow is expected on the hills with up to two centimetres on lower ground.
Temperatures are due to dip below 0C from about 4pm with a possibility of snow from 4pm to 8pm, so we're out gritting the primary routes (the 10 main roads) again just now. Road temperatures overnight are due to get very cold again, -6C in Westhill area. pic.twitter.com/KOcsmCo2ap
— Abdn City Council (@AberdeenCC) January 28, 2019
Police Inspector David Hynd said: “Drivers should exercise extra caution while this weather is in force.
“If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.
“Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.”