M8 collision causing delays on Thursday morning – and several other collisions reported in winter driving conditions
A Twitter message from Traffic Scotland read: ‘Lane 1 of 2 remains closed on the M8 westbound J4 Whitburn. Traffic queue on approach – delays approx 15 mins. Eastbound delays from Shotts approximately 25 minutes.
Police have warned drivers that delays are to be expected.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘At approximately 4.55am on Thursday 10th February 2022, police were called after a HGV was stabbed on the M8, westbound before J4a, Whitburn .
“No one was injured and the road was closed until around 5.30am when the vehicle was moved onto the hard shoulder.”
Motorists across Scotland are urged to drive carefully as snow and high winds create difficult conditions on the roads.
Police said several weather-related collisions were reported Thursday morning on the M8, M9 and M90.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow which is in place until 11am Thursday, with forecasters warning of potential travel disruption.
The main areas affected include Central, Tayside and Fife, South West Scotland, Lothian and Borders, Strathclyde, Highlands and Grampian.
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A separate yellow weather alert for high winds, warning of gusts up to 75mph, is in place for the same areas as well as the Western Isles until midday.
Road Policing Scotland tweeted: “Many weather related collisions have already been reported this morning on the M8, M9 and M90 to name a few.
“Please comply with current road and weather conditions.
“Look straight ahead and increase your following distance to account for any increased stopping distance.”
Caledonian MacBrayne said some ferry services are likely to be interrupted or canceled at short notice due to inclement weather.
Forecasters have warned that a brief period of strong westerly winds will develop over the Western Isles in the early hours of Thursday morning, bringing gusts up to 70-75mph, with Uists most likely to see the strongest winds.
Windy conditions are then expected to move east into the rest of the warning zone through Thursday morning, with gusts generally around 50 mph, but possibly approaching 60 mph in a few places.
Accumulations of 2 cm (0.8 in) to 5 cm (2 in) of snow are possible in areas above 200 meters (655 ft), with possibly around 10 cm (4 in) on some of the lowest roads. highest above 400 meters (1,310 ft).
Forecasters said that at lower levels there is a risk of icy and melting surfaces which could lead to dangerous travel conditions.