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Weather closes dozens of schools

Snow has now been causing problems for a week

Dozens of schools in Aberdeenshire and Shetland have been closed as the north of Scotland remains in the grip of the wintry weather.

Some 75 schools were affected in Aberdeenshire, while about half of Shetland's schools were closed.

Orkney Islands Council is to ship rock salt to Shetland to help clear roads.

The A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road was closed due to snow, and the B974 between Banchory and Fettercairn also remained closed.

There were also delays to rail services between Aberdeen and Inverness.

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