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Blizzard warning over heavy snow

A farmer clears snow from the main street in Carronbridge, central Scotland
Heavy snow is affecting most parts of the country

Strong winds and heavy snow are causing blizzard conditions across large parts of Scotland.

The Met Office warned persistent snow would quickly drift in the strong to gale force wind, with severely reduced visibility in upland areas.

The public were advised to take extra care as some roads became impassable.

Further interruptions to power supplies were forecast. In total 22,000 homes lost power on Tuesday and 250 spent the night without electricity.

Large tailbacks

Police warned people in the Lothian and Borders area to travel only if necessary as motorists became stuck in snowdrifts and floods.

Two lorries got into difficulty on the M8 at junction 3 creating large tailbacks during the evening.

Train services on the East Coast main line were suspended north of Berwick after two landslips at about 1740 GMT.

Network Rail said there were landslips on the northbound and southbound tracks close to the town of Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders.

tree on car taken by Eddie Truman
The men escape from the car without injury

In Edinburgh city centre, two men escaped after a 50ft tree fell on a car in heavy winds.

Fire and ambulance crews attended the incident in Cranston Street at about 1830 GMT.

The men were treated for shock but were uninjured, police said.

The Met Office warned of drifting snow, in some areas up to 50cm (20in).

It also said: "Many roads are liable to become impassable and some interruptions to power supplies are possible."

On Tuesday, about 22,000 homes lost power during the day.

Most had power restored by early evening but Scottish Power warned it would not be able to reconnect about 150 homes in North Ayrshire until Wednesday.

Scottish Hydro Electric said about 100 customers in the north east, Tayside and Argyll were without power overnight.

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