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Scotland snow lessons 'to be learned', says Sturgeon

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Media captionPedestrians avoided injury as snow fell from an Edinburgh roof

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the government will continue to learn lessons in dealing with the extreme weather.

Nicola Sturgeon said it was impossible for problems not to occur in such severe conditions, but that the Scottish government was "applying solutions as quickly as possible".

The minister was speaking as the country experienced more disruption after more snowfall.

Some areas have fewer rail services.

However, trains have now resumed from Aberdeen to Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as Dundee.

ScotRail said the majority of Strathclyde trains were running on Sunday but there were still no services north west of Inverness.

Many councils have said they are hopeful of reopening schools on Monday, including West Lothian and Midlothian.

Dundee City Council and Glasgow City Council said all nursery, primary and secondary schools aim to open.

Parents have been at clearing snow and ice at Carrick Knowe Primary School in Edinburgh, in a bid to get the school reopened.

Keith Scott, from the school's parent teacher council, told BBC Scotland one of the reasons given by the school for its closure last week was that emergency vehicles would not be able to get up its drive.

"We felt we could all chip in and give a bit of a hand to clear the drive, and at least remove part of the reason for it being closed," he said.

"Hundreds of parents have turned out. It's great. Everyone's in really good spirit."

More than 60 residents of the Swanston estate in Edinburgh also joined forces to clear the snow.

Ms Sturgeon told BBC Scotland's Politics Show: "Once we get through this there will be further lessons to learn."

Image caption Parents dug in to help clear the snow at Carrick Knowe Primary School

"If there was one over-riding message I'd want to give, it is that people in their own day-to-day lives, people working across all of the different sectors have been putting in efforts above and beyond the call of duty.

"We need to continue to pull together as a country to get through these conditions particularly if they do continue over the foreseeable future."

The deputy first minister also reiterated government policy that, "blanket closures of schools should be a last resort".

Elsewhere, the country's ski centres have so far had a busy weekend, with the Nevis Range having its earliest start to the season in 30 years.

The CairnGorm Centre said its usual visitor numbers for the time of year rose by more than 1,000 on Saturday.

BBC One Scotland put out a special programme, Frozen Scotland, at 1800 GMT on Sunday which will be available on the iplayer.

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