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Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 10:13 GMT
Weather warning to revellers
Farmer in snow
Thick snow continues to cover much of Scotland
Hogmanay revellers have been urged to use their "common sense" and wrap up warm when out in the arctic conditions which have gripped Scotland.

Weather forecasters have predicted more sub-zero temperatures during the holiday weekend.

That has prompted the police and the Scottish Executive to issue basic guidance on keeping safe and warm.

Deputy Minister for Justice, Iain Gray, said that although the New Year was a time for "letting your hair down", common sense should not go at the window.

George Square
New Year revellers are being urged to wear warm clothes
His message was levelled in particular at the 100,000 people expected to attend Edinburgh's annual street party.

Unlike recent years, it has been predicted temperatures will be well below freezing.

David Strang, assistant chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "It looks as if this Hogmanay is going to be a really cold one. We want people to enjoy themselves and be safe."

Joe Aitken, events manager for Glasgow Council's Cultural and Leisure Services Department, said safe rather than stylish clothing should be worn at the party in the city centre.

Side roads blocked

"To keep out the worst of the elements, we strongly recommend fleecy jackets, warm leggings or trousers, cosy hats and gloves and practical shoes," he said.

Drivers are still being warned to only venture out if their journeys are essential.

Although most main roads are passable, side roads continue to be affected by compact snow.

Motoring organisations are also warning of black ice in places.

Train services continue to be hit
Rail services have been hit throughout the cold snap and Railtrack has warned of further disruption over the holiday weekend.

People travelling from the west coast of Scotland to London Euston station on 31 December will have to change trains at Watford.

The bad weather led to disruption on the sporting front, with leading football and rugby fixtures postponed.

Although Hogmanay is expected to be bitterly cold, New Year's Day is forecast to be milder, bringing dangers of a thaw and possible flooding.

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