Snow and heavy rain across Midlothian and the Borders leaves drivers struggling

#AceNewsReport Dec.03: Unexpected snow showers and flooding across Midlothian and parts of the Borders have caused major transport problems.

Gritters were sent out on Thursday evening but drivers reported long delays affecting many roads.
Routes in Penicuik, Gorebridge and Straiton were among those affected.

All the major routes through the Borders, the A1, A7 and the A68 were badly hit..

Police and council officials said they were dealing with multiple calls from motorists experiencing difficulties.

Traffic Scotland said the A7 was closed in both directions at North Middleton after a bus became stuck.

Drivers were also urged to take extra care on the A702 because of heavy snow.

Cars were also stuck for several hours on the A701.

Further south heavy caused problems. Scottish Borders Council emergency planners deployed sandbag teams to rivers across areas including Jedburgh, Hawick, Peebles and Selkirk.

A spokesman said that gritting teams would also be heading out overnight as temperatures were expected to drop in the early hours leading to a risk of ice of already wet roads.

Snow and heavy rain across Midlothian and the Borders leaves drivers struggling_87024743_snow.jpgUnexpected snow and flooding across Midlothian and the Borders on Thursday evening causes major transport problems.

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