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Summary

  1. Public transport still seriously affected
  2. Cold weather expected to last into next week
  3. Amber warning for snow is lifted but yellow alert remains in place
  4. A number of drivers are freed after being caught in snow drifts in Easter Ross

Live Reporting

By Laura Pettigrew, Sandy Murray and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Weekend warnings in place

    Weather map

    The worst of the snow may be over for most but warnings remain in place.

    Map shows the areas affected for the next two days.

    Much more detail and background at the BBC Weather site.

  2. Prestwick Airport takes 3,000 diverted passengers

    Emirates aircraft

    Prestwick Airport expects to have helped over 3,000 passengers diverted from other airports because of snow.

    One flight diverted from Glasgow International was a long-haul service from Dubai.

    Operations director Jules Matteoni said: “We are one of the few airports in the UK to have remained open during this exceptional period of adverse weather.

    “Our location means that we have an excellent weather record and we play an important role whenever other airports are closed.

    "We also have extensive infrastructure to accommodate diverted aircraft and their passengers as well as a robust strategy for remaining operational."

  3. NHS staff and care workers 'pulling out stops' to 'keep show on road'

    Stories have continued to emerge of dedicated NHS staff and care workers who have struggled through the snow to get to work.

    Support worker Georgina Smillie, walked through the snow in Castlemilk to her work assisting learning disabled people in the community.

    Support workers with disabled people in Castlemilk

    "It took me about an hour to get in," she said.

    "It was a struggle to get here, trying to walk in the snow, but I made sure I got here to support these guys."

    "These people need help with cooking, with their medication, their housework and getting out to their activities."

    Dr Andrew Murray

    Dr Andrew Murray, NHS medical director at Forth Valley, told BBC Scotland that there had been a "huge effort" from individuals and teams to ensure staff got to their work.

    Beds were moved into outpatient wards so that staff were able to stay overnight.

    He said: "Our portering and catering staff have really been pulling out all the stops. Some of them have been staying in for a couple of nights at a time.

    "We've got to keep people fed, keep the show on the road and keep the lights on."

  4. West Lothian schools re-opening

    West Lothian Council is planning to re-open secondary schools on Monday.

    The following schools are planned to open at normal opening times.

    • Armadale Academy
    • Bathgate Academy
    • Broxburn Academy
    • Deans Community High School
    • Inveralmond Community High School
    • Linlithgow Academy
    • St Kentigern’s Academy
    • St Margaret’s Academy
    • The James Young High School
    • Whitburn Academy
    • West Calder High School

    A spokesman said: "All council primary schools, nurseries and special schools will remain closed on Monday.

    "We will aim to get these schools open as quickly as possible and parents will receive an update on these schools on Monday.

  5. Progress reported on rail services

    ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes has been talking about progress on re-starting rail services.

    He said: "The worst of the weather is over and our task is now to reopen Scotland's railway network.

    "We're working night and day now, line by line, to inspect each line of route to make sure it's safe to run.

    "So we're introducing a limited service on many lines of route.

    "We're expanding the hours of operation and over the course of the coming hours and days we'll be opening more and more of Scotland's railway network."

    Alex Hynes
  6. Airport operates 100 flights

    Over 100 flights have flown at Edinburgh Airport on Friday, with the last scheduled departure set for 20:50. Arrivals will continue until later into the evening.

    A spokesman said: Edinburgh Airport aims to open on Saturday for business as usual. We are waiting for our airline partners to confirm their schedules.

    "It is important that passengers check with their airline regarding their flight details before travelling to the airport on Saturday."

    Edinburgh Airport
  7. Improving scene at Glasgow Airport

    Teams have been working to clear the snow. The airport is operational again but a large number of flights still delayed and cancelled.

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  8. League football wiped out by snow

    All weekend Scottish Professional Football League fixtures have been called off because of the weather.

    Nine games went off on Thursday and Friday's postponement of Alloa v East Fife in League One means all Saturday's Scottish league games are off.

    Ross County v Partick Thistle, Inverness V Brechin, Arbroath v Ayr, Forfar v Raith Rovers and Montrose v Annan were called off on Friday.

    The four Scottish Cup quarter-finals could still go ahead.

    Tannadice
  9. Farmers 'struggling on' to ensure shops remain stocked

    Road closures and access issues as a result of the bad weather have been causing problems for dairy and livestock farmers across Scotland.

    NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick said: “The immediate impact of this is that many dairy farmers are not getting their milk collected and are being forced to dispose of it in their slurry after a days’ milking.

    "We are hopeful that collections for these farms will return to normal at the weekend but with the weather being so unpredictable it is hard to say."

    Empty milk shelves

    He added: “The bad weather being experienced across the country is further proof of what a difficult but vital job our farmers, crofters and growers do, as they continue to brave the arctic conditions to keep Scotland’s food chains running and shop shelves stocked."

  10. Do you want to build a snowman?

    BBC Scotland news website readers know what to do when the white stuff falls, build a snow man, or horse or dog.

    Have a look at them all here.

    Limbo snowman
    Image caption: Limbo snowman. Suse and Mike said: "Relentless easterly 'Beast from the East' wind overnight has turned our snowman into a limbo dancer!"
    snow horse
    Image caption: Only a vet would build a snow horse. Dr Toby Trimble built this outside the Equine hospital at Glasgow Vet School
  11. Frozen pipes on offshore platform

    From Ken Banks, BBC Scotland North East reporter

    More than half the personnel have been down manned from an offshore platform in the Moray Firth due to water supply problems caused by frozen pipes.

    Wood - which operates Beatrice Alpha for Repsol Sinopec - said a total 24 non-essential personnel had left the platform due to an "issue with water supply".

    Beatrice Alpha platform

    An essential crew of 22 remained.

    A Wood spokesman said: "Measures are in place to ensure they have an ample water supply."