Mountain team rescues drivers stranded in snow near Durisdeer

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Drivers and passengers were taken to safety by members of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team

A mountain rescue team battled through the snow to assist drivers stranded in severe conditions in southern Scotland.

Vehicles became stuck on the A702 at the Dalveen Pass near Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway on Tuesday night.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team said a total of 12 people were helped to safety overnight in what they described as "poor weather".

A string of Met Office weather warnings remain in place across Scotland for the days ahead.

The rescue operation came after an amber alert was issued for much of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders on Tuesday.

A yellow warning for snow and ice was in place across most of Scotland until 12:00 on Wednesday.

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The rescue operation at Dalveen Pass came after days of wintry conditions in Scotland

Further alerts issued are:

  • a yellow warning for snow in southern Scotland from 02:00 to 11:00 on Thursday
  • an alert for rain - also in the south - from 09:00 to 17:00 on Friday
  • a yellow warning for rain and wind for central and southern Scotland from 09:00 to 18:00 on Saturday
  • a further wind warning for all of Scotland from 12:00 on Sunday to 12:00 on Monday

As well as the incident in Dumfries and Galloway, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team was also called out in the Borders.

It came at about 15:00 on Tuesday to help the occupants of a vehicle which had slipped off the road in a "remote location" in the region.

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Network Rail Scotland had to clear the line at Corrour on Wednesday morning
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Gritters were out working on the roads near Beattock on Tuesday as conditions got worse

The operation took about four hours to complete in blizzard conditions which team members described as "some of the harshest" they had ever worked in.

Disruption continued on Wednesday after the amber alert the day before.

In Dumfries and Galloway, three schools have been been closed in Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Hottsbridge.

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Conditions deteriorated near Penicuik on Tuesday as the amber weather warning came into force

Police also reported a number of crashes across the region with many routes affected by ice.

Drivers have been asked to "slow down and drive accordingly".

In the Highlands, Kinlochbervie High School, six primary schools and three nurseries have been closed due to the weather. The closures affect more than 180 children.

Deep snow drifts had to be cleared from the West Highland Line on Wednesday morning.

A Network Rail Scotland crew spent about 20 minutes clearing the line at Corrour, the highest mainline railway station in the UK and famous for its appearance in the 1996 film Trainspotting.

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Leadhills also saw significant snowfalls on Tuesday
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The public was asked to take care if going out

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