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Friday, 31 January, 2003, 15:49 GMT
Snow causes more misery
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Many roads in the north east are affected
Drifting snow and icy conditions have continued to cause disruption in the north east of Scotland.

Conditions remained poor on many routes causing Grampian Police to advise drivers not to travel unless their journey was essential.

For the second day, 127 schools throughout Aberdeenshire were closed or partially closed.

Meanwhile, many flights between Scotland and London airports were disrupted or cancelled due to the weather.

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Snow and ice have caused problems

Chancellor Gordon Brown had to cancel an official visit to the Rosyth naval shipyard in Fife when he was delayed at Heathrow for several hours.

He eventually arrived late on Friday afternoon and conducted a private visit.

British Airways were forced to cancel all their shuttles out of Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

British Midland services were subject to delays and Go and Easyjet - who operate from Luton, Gatwick and Stansted - had to cancel some services, while others were delayed.

In Scotland, it was the second day that school classes had been disrupted in the Aberdeenshire area due to bad weather.

Too numerous to mention

On Thursday almost every school in the region was forced to close because of blizzards and snow drifts which reached 5ft.

Schools were also shut in the Highlands and in Orkney, where no school transport was running on Friday morning.

A spokesperson for Grampian Police said that the number of roads affected by drifting snow and icy conditions were "too numerous to mention".

However, the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn was the only road in the region that remained closed on Friday afternoon.

The A90 is open with gritters working on the road all night.

In Highland, the A939 between Grantown-on-Spey and Tomintoul was also closed.

Aberdeenshire Council has opened telephone line for information on temporary school closures. The number is 0870 054 4999.

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"More than 100 schools were closed for a second day."
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