Scotland has been battered by winter storm with winds reaching in excess of 80mph in central and southern areas.
Bridges had to be closed and the public was warned not to travel between the hours of 2pm and 9pm.
About 70% of Scotland's 2,800 schools either did not open or were closed by the afternoon. Most schools hope to be open on Friday.
By Deirdre Kelly, Doug Kennedy and Sandy Murray[an error occurred while processing this directive]