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    • whiskylady
    • By whiskylady 1st Mar 18, 12:05 PM
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    Missed flights due to snow on roads
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    • 1st Mar 18, 12:05 PM
    Missed flights due to snow on roads 1st Mar 18 at 12:05 PM
    My parents (80s) are due to fly with Qatar from Edinburgh to Perth on Saturday 3rd March and we planned driving to Edinburgh from the North of Scotland tomorrow (Friday 2nd March) and staying overnight. However, the 'Beast from the East' has created havoc with us and roads are blocked all over the place. The police are still advising against driving. I am not sure what tomorrow will bring. I have emailed Qatar but heard nothing. Their flight is still leaving Ed airport. We have a potentially dodgy 4 hour drive (if possible)...if we do not make it and they miss their flights, what happens? They have never missed a flight before. Will Qatar put them on next one or will they lose everything (this is x2 business tickets that they have for a very special trip). Thank you.
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    • whiskylady
    • By whiskylady 6th Mar 18, 4:29 PM
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    Hi Guys,

    Thank you for all your help. Us mad Highlanders went for it. I was up at 5am digging my car out of the garage...took just over an hour. Local farmer hoofed by and threw up a 4ft wall blocking my drive...not too bad, as he had cleared the road a bit. The mile to my parent's was 'interesting' and car had to be abandoned at the end of their road. Don't know if you have ever carried x2 heavy suitcases over 3ft drifts for 500yds but not easy! Once ensconced in car, it was about 2 miles of snowy roads with black bits, so fine....then the A9 was clear, black top all the way, hurrah. met a dribble of snow at Aviemore and Pitlochry but nothing to write home about. Slightly scary high drifts suddenly appeared on dual carriageway on the inside lane which proved challenging as the usual nutters belted by at 80 in the outside lane.

    Made it to Edinburgh, stayed at hotel, drank a LOT of wine...shoved parents on plane the next day. They are currently basking in 32 degs...saying it is 'very warm'...I ask you!

    Thanks again.

    PS Made it back up and had to dig out the pigging garage again as plough had chucked snow all over it.
    • Greta Sharbo
    • By Greta Sharbo 6th Mar 18, 10:10 PM
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    Greta Sharbo
    At least you've got a story out of it

    Thanks for updating.
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 6th Mar 18, 11:37 PM
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    500 yards? 3 foot drifts? Kids these days don't know they were born.

    When I were lad we had to walk t' South Pole and back every day to get t'pit. And if any of our fingers dropped off wi frostbite we had to buy them back off foreman for half a crown else he'd feed them to huskies.
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