The Beast from the East bared its teeth last week – but it could not break the spirit of the people of Perth and Kinross.
While the country was brought to a virtual standstill on Wednesday and Thursday, stories have emerged of incredible generosity and kindness.
An appeal has been launched to find out the identity of a mystery Good Samaritan who spent Friday morning handing out bread and milk to vulnerable people while one man helped 30 nurses make their way to work.
In the North Muirton area of Perth a woman, going only by the name of “Debbie”, was spotted walking up and down Argyll Road supplying elderly residents with free bread and milk in the wake of “The Beast From The East”. One grateful recipient, 77-year-old Pat Forsyth, admitted she was “bubbling all day” after having her heart melted by the gesture.
She told the Perthshire Advertiser: “It was so nice, on a day like that, to see someone thinking of others.
“I was running out of bread and milk, and I was worrying about how I would get more.
“I heard the knock at my door and wondered who it could be. I can’t explain how it felt, and I can’t believe what a lovely act of kindness she’s done.
“She was going round all of the older people’s houses – and that’s a lot of houses. It’s bad enough having to go and get shopping for yourself on a day like this, but to do it for so many others – there’s not many people who would.
“I watched out my window as she went to the other houses and everyone felt like I did.”
Debbie’s actions came following reports that the Co-op store in North Muirton had run out of bread and that neighbouring supermarket Asda had run out of milk.
Another local who came to the rescue through the snow was Perth tradesman Lee Walker, who helped take around 30 nurses and doctors to their work in his 4×4.
Speaking on Friday he said: “There was not much I could do work-wise outside with the weather, so I thought it would be a good idea to give people a hand.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t expect this weather. I have already picked up about 26 people from PRI to Auchterarder and quite a few in Stanley, and I will be taking them back from the hospital too. It has been a very full on day for us.
“In this weather we can’t do any other work, so we are as well going out and doing something for others.”
Meanwhile Perthshire weather watcher Norman Pedgrift has confirmed that last Wednesday was Perthshire’s coldest day in EIGHT YEARS.
The correspondent said February was as cool as January, only drier, with the average temperature coming in at 2.3 degrees Celsius, 1.7 degrees below the average.
There was 40mm of rainfall recorded, also down on the average of 65mm, along with a whopping 16 days of air frost.