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Winter weather hits schools again

Roads have been affected by snow and ice

The winter weather has again affected schools in the north east, Highlands and Northern Isles.

Further overnight snow has caused the partial closure of more than 50 Aberdeenshire schools, with two - Fisherford and Rayne North - closed.

About half the schools across Shetland are closed and several schools have also been shut in Orkney.

In the Highlands, exams at Gairloch and Thurso high schools have been postponed.

Police said driving conditions were treacherous in places on Orkney and Shetland and in Caithness.

Stretches of the A9 between Inverness, Wick and Thurso have been affected by snow and ice.

Northern Constabulary said: "All minor roads in the Caithness command area are badly affected by snow and ice.

"The Aberdeen Met Office has issued severe weather flash warnings for widespread icy roads on Orkney and Shetland.

"Snow showers are to continue in some areas throughout today but will become more scattered."

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