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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 14:28 GMT
Snow causes problems for drivers
Snow on road
Conditions were described as treacherous
Heavy snow falls have caused hazardous driving conditions in parts of Scotland.

The central belt, parts of Tayside and the south of the country appeared to be among the worst affected by snow on Sunday, which gave way to rain in the afternoon.

Some main roads were closed following heavy snow in the early hours of the morning with snowdrifts in the Highlands.

Police said driving conditions were treacherous and urged motorists to avoid making unncessary journeys.

Some Highland roads had drifting snow
The A9 was closed at Drumochter because of drifting snow, with other roads in the region "passable with care", Northern Constabulary said.

The A82 through Glencoe was also said to be treacherous, while snow also caused the A1 to be shut north of Eyemouth for nearly an hour from 0715 GMT.

The M74 was shut for 15 minutes and reduced to one lane for another half-hour after a lorry jacknifed on the northbound carriageway near Abington, Strathclyde Police said.

However, no serious accidents were reported by police forces.

Seacat said its 1200 GMT sailing from Troon to Belfast was cancelled due to the weather.

Wintry conditions were expected to prevail in some areas throughout the day, with high ground in Galloway and the central Highlands worst affected.

Sleet and snow showers were forecast to move north with rain moving into the south.

A spokeswoman for the AA said: "Motorists should take care and follow police advice."

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