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School closures and road delays as snow and high winds hit Scotland

Several schools have been closed near Inverness in the Highlands due to the weather conditions.

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Drivers have been urged to use caution as heavy snow, ice and high winds cause problems across Scotland's roads.

The conditions have forced the closure of several schools near Inverness including Cannich Bridge, St Clement's, Stratherrick and Drummond.

Two eastbound lanes of the M8 were closed at Heartlands after a two-vehicle crash, however the road has now fully reopened.

An accident on the M80 at Castlecary also forced the closure of three northbound lanes but has since been cleared.

Other partial closures have been enforced due to accidents on the A9 near Tibbermore, the A9 at Cairnie Brae, the M8 at the Kingston Bridge and M74 at Abington, but all are now open.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice and snow for the majority of the country and urged drivers to be aware of possible disruption to travel.

Traffic Scotland said that heavy snowfall in the early hours of the morning had caused "extremely hazardous" driving conditions on the M90.

Drivers on the A84 at Lochearnhead and on the A9 at the Drumochter Pass have also been warned about adverse conditions with up to one foot of snow being reported in both areas.

A high wind warning is in place on the Dornoch Bridge.

A Traffic Scotland spokesman said: "Lots of routes affected by snow and ice this morning so be prepared and drive to the road conditions."

A Met Office forecaster said: "Snow will fall to low levels in places in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with localised accumulations of 1 to 3 cm, while snow-cover will be more widespread over hills here, with around 4-8 cm possible above around 650ft, especially in the west.

"Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.

"The public are advised to be aware of tricky travel conditions generally, and possible disruption to transport.

"The cold westerly flow which became established across the UK Sunday night is set to continue overnight Monday and into Tuesday. This is a very unstable airmass bringing showers of sleet, snow and hail."

"Again, once we lose the effects of daytime sunshine, snow will start to accumulate more widely, and along with ice may present some problems, in particular for road travel on Tuesday morning. This again seems most likely for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and cross Pennine routes."

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