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Snow affects schools and travel

Snow in Aberdeen
Snow has again been falling in many parts of Scotland

Heavy snow has been causing major problems for schools and travel across Scotland, including the north, north east and the Borders.

All of Shetland's schools and scores more across the rest of the country have been closed or partially closed.

Travel has been disrupted, with the runway at Inverness Airport closed earlier, and roads - including the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road - affected.

A severe ice warning was issued for Grampian, Tayside, Fife and Highland.

There were 34 Shetland schools affected, 57 more in Aberdeenshire, about 20 in Moray and nine in Aberdeen.

Salt orders

Schools have also been closed on Tayside and city bus services in Dundee were suspended at one stage.

In the Borders, several schools were shut because of the bad weather. Roads in the area have also been affected, with some higher routes not advisable.

Grampian Police said on the A939 the gates were closed beyond the Lecht on the Aberdeenshire side, the A95 south of Aberlour was passable with care, as were stretches of the A96, and the B9009 Dufftown to Auchbreck road.

The unclassified road between Pennan and Redmoss, near Banff, was closed due to heavy snow.

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

And Highland Council has ordered a fresh supply of gritting salt from Northern Ireland.

Snow has been falling in Aberdeen most of the day.

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