SCORES of drivers defied Covid restrictions today as they swamped beauty spots to go sledging.
Cops were called to manage the traffic chaos with cars squeezing past motors parked on narrow grass verges.
Families packed onto the slopes to enjoy the winter whiteout at the Campsie Fells, Dunbartonshire.
The busy scenes were repeated at Whitelee Windfarm in Eaglesham, near Glasgow, where kids were being pulled along in their sledges by mums and dads.
It came despite Scottish Government advice to avoid crowded sites and stay local with the mainland under Level 4 virus curbs.
One onlooker at the Campsies said: “I couldn’t believe how busy it was.
“There were so many cars parked along the side of the road that police had to direct traffic to ensure everyone’s safety. To be honest, I was surprised at the amount of people when the advice is to stay away from busy places.
“But then again going out in the fresh air is about the only thing you can do at the moment.”
A series of early morning shunts caused disruption on the roads.
A smash blocked two lanes of the M90 near Dunfermline.
The eastbound M8 at Hillington, Glasgow, and westbound carriageway near Whitburn, West Lothian, were also affected by accidents.
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The festive flurry came as forecasters predicted a three-week freeze to kick off 2021, with further snow tipped for Hogmanay.
Temperatures could also plummet to -7°C (19°F) on New Year’s Day.
Two weather warnings are currently in place for Scotland.
One ice alert covering Argyll, Highlands and Islands, Aberdeenshire and Moray ends at midnight.
But another 20-hour snow warning kicks in at 6pm on Wednesday for Central, Tayside, Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Islands, south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders and Strathclyde regions.
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said: “Most parts of Scotland are at risk of significant falls of snow over the next 72 hours.
“Fortunately, by the time we get to midnight on Thursday — when we’re ringing in the new year — the worst of the weather will have cleared to the south.
“But these cold conditions are going to be with us for a while, at least the first couple of weeks in January and possibly longer.”
He added: “The air is currently coming from the Arctic but we are seeing the prospect of an easterly wind developing later in January, which could result in impacts on our shores.”
“We have seen a lot of wet weather but now we are seeing the other side of winter. Expect low temperatures, snow and freezing fog over the next few weeks.”
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