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A9 reopens after three-vehicle crash in blizzard conditions

Snow on A9 at Drumochter Image copyright TRAFFIC SCOTLAND
Image caption Snow has been falling on higher routes, including on the A9 at Drumochter

The A9 has reopened after a crash involving two lorries and a car near Drumochter in blizzard conditions on Friday.

Police Scotland said travel on parts of the road had been "badly affected" by snow.

Weather warnings have been issued for many parts of Scotland, with snow and high winds forecast into the weekend.

In the Western Isles winds of 60-70mph, high tides and a storm surge are expected.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said the worst affected places could be Stornoway, the Braighe and causeways at Seilebost and the Uists.

The Met Office has also issued yellow be aware warnings of snow.

These cover parts of the Highlands, the north east, Tayside, Fife, Central, Strathclyde, Lothian and Borders and the south west.

Hazardous driving conditions are expected as snow falls on higher routes.

Severe gale force winds and high tides are also forecast on Shetland during Friday evening.

BBC Scotland weather presenter Kirsteen MacDonald said: "As the rain meets the cold air it will turn to snow, primarily on the high ground, above 300m, with significant accumulations over the likes of the Drumochter pass and the Slochd summit on the A9.

"The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning, as the snow will lead to hazardous driving conditions on many of Scotland's higher level routes this afternoon."

In the Western Isles, the comhairle said businesses had been supplied with sandbags.

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