Travel warning as snow hits north east of Scotland

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Road conditions caused problems for these buses in Aberdeen

Heavy snow has been causing traffic disruption across the north east of Scotland, with reports of vehicles becoming stuck on some routes.

The wintry weather also caused delays to flights at Aberdeen Airport, with bus services facing disruption too.

A Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice covering much of northern Scotland has now been extended until Sunday afternoon.

Another warning for ice for southern Scotland is in force from 16:00.

Police are urging people to drive with care.

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Pavements were being gritted in Aberdeen
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Ken Brown braving the snow in Swanston Village on the outskirts of Edinburgh
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Weather Watcher Paul's NE Paradise sent this picture from Belhelvie in Aberdeenshire
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Snow had to be cleared outside Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

Motorists faced problems on the roads, including:

  • A90 Stonehaven-Cleanhill was closed northbound due to a HGV losing traction. Traffic Scotland said it had now been cleared
  • Vehicles got stuck in snow on the A96 at Keith, Moray. but the route is now clear after being treated by gritters
  • There were reports of HGVs getting stuck on Westburn Road in Aberdeen.
  • Snow gates are closed on the A93 Glenshee to Braemar, and on the A939 Tomintoul to Cock Bridge.

And First Aberdeen said all of its bus services in the city were disrupted "due to heavy overnight snow and a lack of snow gritters."

Aberdeen's libraries were among places available as a warm space for people in need of somewhere to shelter from the cold.

A number of schools in Moray and Aberdeenshire were closed due to the weather.

A teachers' strike has led to disruption to other schools in the area.

There was also heavy snow in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh did not escape the winter weather
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The snow in Edinburgh raised some smiles
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Motorists have been urged to drive with extra care
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BBC reporter Ben Philip photographed the blanket of snow in Aberdeen
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Sheep in the snow in Westhill, Aberdeenshire