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Travel disruption on roads and rail after snow and ice affect routes

Drivers being warned to allow extra time for journeys after number of roads closed across country.

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Commuters face more travel misery due to snow, ice and rain as severe weather continues to batter Scotland.

Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for their journeys due to ice on the road.

The Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" warning for Friday, with high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow continuing until Sunday morning.

Traffic Scotland warned about icy conditions in Fife after an MG sports car skidded off the road on the A92 at around 7.40am. Police were dealing with a number of minor collisions on the same route on Friday.

The A751 was closed in both directions due to HGVs being held overnight as a result of Cairnryan Ferry Terminal restrictions. The road will reopen when ferry services resume at Cairnryan.

Flooding on the A716 meant motorists could not use the road between Terally Bay and Low Curghie.

The weather also affected the A817 between Garelochead and Shantron. Motorists were told to use local diversions through Helensburgh.

In the Highlands, lying snow on the B9007 closed the route between Ferness and Carrbridge.

The A9 was closed between Inverness and Tomatin due to heavy snow fall. Officers from the Highland & Islands road policing department are in attendanceand working with Bear Scotland to get the road re-opened.

The A93 and B974 in Aberdeenshire were also both closed in both directions because of snow.

In Angus, officers closed the A928 between the A90 junction in Tealing and the A94 junction in Glamis because of snow.

A replacement rail service was put on for passengers travelling between Mallaig and Crianlarich after poor conditions forced ScotRail to withdraw trains from the route.

Services using Wishaw train services were also affected as the operator warned they may be subject to disruption on all routes.

CalMac said most ferry services were back to normal on Friday, however sailings Mallaig and Armadale, and Mallaig and the small isles remained on amber alert and liable to disruptions and delays because of adverse weather.

Most parts of the country will experience some respite following the stormy weather of recent days, forecaster Kate Brown said.

"As showers ease off later much of the country will see dry and bright conditions, but it will still feel cool with north westerly winds," she said.

The latest stormy weather comes after power was restored yesterday to thousands of homes left without electricity following a "weather bomb" of gales and lightning strikes that swept the north of the country.

Properties in the Western Isles and Skye were the worst affected by the stormy conditions along the west coast of Scotland over the last two days.

At the peak of the problems around 30,000 homes lost electricity, while a further 27,000 were cut off after a lightning strike yesterday morning.

Lightning struck 5000 times across the Western Isles and northern Scotland, according to figures released by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution.

Power pole brought down by lightning in Argyll and Bute

On average, there were just over 104 strikes each hour during the worst of the storm. Some of the most damaging strikes were in the Western Isles and Highlands.

Winds as fast as 144mph were recorded on the remote St Kilda islands on Wednesday, with gusts of more than 80mph also hitting some low-lying areas.

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