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Snow, ice and high winds disrupts travel in Scotland

Fallen tree at Yetts O'Muckhart, Clackmannanshire Image copyright PA
Image caption High winds brought down trees on several roads, including at Yetts O'Muckhart, Clackmannanshire

Snow, ice and high winds affected travel in parts of Scotland as wintry weather continued to bite.

A number of roads in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and the Scottish Borders were affected by poor conditions.

There were also high wind warnings on the Skye, Dornoch and Kessock road bridges in the Highlands.

The Met Office issued warnings for ice and up to 20cm (8in) of snow for higher ground until late on Friday.

Earlier on Friday it issued a warning for ice and wintry showers until midday on Saturday.

Image caption There have been huge waves along the Moray coast, leading to a flood warning
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Image caption A lorry was blown over on the A90 near Fordoun south of Stonehaven

The A9 between Inverness and Perth was affected by accidents where the road passes through Perthshire.

An accident closed the road near Calvine followed by a second accident just north of Calvine at between Wade Bridge and Dalnacardoch Bridge.

In the Highlands, several drivers had to be helped after being caught in drifting snow on the B9007 Carrbridge to Ferness road.

A number of roads in the Scottish Borders were also affected by the bad weather.

There were reports of a number of cars stuck on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells route which led to its closure and the A708 Selkirk to Moffat road was also shut for a time.

Image caption The snow gates were closed on Carrbridge Ferness road after a number of drivres became stuck and had to be helped by police
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Image caption Ballater in Aberdeenshire, one of the areas affected by snow
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Image caption The A93 near Braemar was one of several routes closed because of the weather

A lorry was blown over in high winds on the A90 northbound near Fordoun south of Stonehaven.

Higher routes in Aberdeenshire were the worst affected by snow and wind.

The snow gates were closed on the A93 at Braemar, the Cockbridge to Tomintoul route and on the Banchory to Fettercairn road.

Trees brought down by strong gusts of wind affected travel on several roads, including A822 at Foulford, B867 near Birnam and A822 at Rumbling Bridge.

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Image caption Snow falling in Inverness in the early hours of Friday morning in Inverness

Thousands of school pupils had a day off classes because of the weather.

Two secondary schools, 17 primaries and 10 nurseries were closed in the Highland Council area.

In Aberdeenshire five schools were shut along with one in Moray.

However, in Dumfries and Galloway, seven schools which were closed on Thursday all reopened.

About 2,000 properties across north and north east Scotland were without power at one point.

The areas affected by power cuts included Caithness, Sutherland, the Black Isle and parts of Aberdeenshire.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood alert and flood warning for coastal areas in Moray.

The risk was due to due to a combination of high tides, a positive storm surge and large waves, the agency said.

Sandbags were issued on Thursday to some residents in Portsoy and Macduff in Aberdeenshire, but high tide passed on Friday morning without incident.

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