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Summary

  1. Amber weather warning runs to 10:00 on Friday
  2. Thousands of pupils at home as schools stay shut
  3. The public is advised not to travel in the worst affected areas
  4. Hundreds of motorists stuck overnight on the M80 near Cumbernauld
  5. No trains running in the red alert area and airport is closed at Glasgow and Edinburgh

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By Sandy Murray and Angie Brown

All times stated are UK

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Take care out there

The most serious - red - warning may be long past, but driving conditions are generally difficult.

The current amber warning for snow, which covers much of Scotland, is valid until 10:00 on Friday.

This is traffic near Dornoch.

Traffic on road in snow
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Glasgow Airport hopes to reopen on Friday

Glasgow Airport said it hoped to reopen on Friday morning, but warned that this would depend on the weather.

"Further snow is forecast and our teams will be continuing with snow clearing operations throughout the night," said a spokesman.

He said the disruption already experienced would have a knock-on effect which would lead to further delays and cancellations on Friday.

"Our advice to passengers is to only travel to the airport once they have checked the status of their flight with their airline.

"We would also remind people that a severe amber warning remains in place, so please only travel if it is safe to do so."

Glasgow Airport
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Wind damage to hospital roof

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde say experts are looking at damage to the roof of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital building.

Wind dislodged panels from the building.

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Engineers keeping the lights on

Power line workers
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SP Energy Networks say the power network is doing well in challenging circumstances.

Guy Jefferson, SP Energy Networks director, said: “Our network in Central Scotland is holding up well despite the heavy snowfall we’ve seen over past 24 hours.

“Currently we’re operating at ‘business as usual’ levels, but with more poor weather expected we will continue to monitor any change in conditions."

The company said non-essential maintenance has been cancelled to free up engineers and teams are on stand-by to respond quickly to any fault locations.

Plane passengers' nine-hour round trip

Passenger Gary McDonald told BBC Scotland how he boarded a British Airways flight in London bound for Aberdeen - but ended up back in London nine hours later.

He said: “It was bizarre to say the least.

“I was surprised firstly that we took off.

“Everything seemed to be going fine.

“We circled Aberdeen for nearly 45 minutes.

“We were then going to try and land or get diverted to Edinburgh or Glasgow, but both of those were shut.

“We were going to go to Manchester and we were on approach, and then it closed.

“And then we ended up in Liverpool, who had never seen a British Airways flight, I think, ever.”

The plane refuelled and returned to London.

Mr McDonald said passengers had been told they would get a flight home on Saturday, but that the biggest frustration has been the “radio silence” from the airline.

British Airways tail fins
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Too cold for snowman

Gavin Brownlie spotted a snowman in Glasgow who has had it with this weather.

Snowman
Gavin Brownlie

Stranded HGVs 'were seeking safe haven'

Brian Kenny of the Road Haulage Association said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was right to say people should not be on the roads unless it was absolutely necessary.

But he told BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive: “With the greatest respect she has missed the point here.

“Most of these HGVs were trying to get back to a safe haven."

He said the first incident involving a HGV on the M80 happened about 11:30 on Wednesday and left other trucks stranded for nearly five hours.

Their attempts to reach safe places were then hampered, according to Mr Kenny, when it was announced a red warning would take effect from 15:00.

He added: “That put far more vehicles on the network than it could handle.

“I think the best intentions there were pretty much a victim of their own success.”

Asked if the HGVs should be better at getting to a safe place, Mr Kenny replied: “That’s a fantastic question.

“I would ask you where would you like them to go?

“There is no truck parking in Scotland. Most of the services that we have in Scotland couldn’t take that amount of trucks."

Traffic on the M80 at Haggs
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Hospital roof blown off

High winds have dislodged some roof panels on the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, with insulation material being blown off the top of the building.

The city's health board says it has cordoned off the area around the building.

A spokeswoman said no-one has been hurt, and it has not affected patient care.

Snow scenes in Glasgow

Glasgow's Ashton Lane is looking a bit like a film set under the snow.

Ashton Lane
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'Think about your home safety'

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Lewis Ramsay said the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent its fleet of 4x4s to help stranded motorists on the M80.

But he warned that weather-related problems are not restricted to the transport network.

Mr Ramsay said: "Think about your safety in the home if you have got other heaters on or if you are using more electricity than you would normally do.

"If you have got any concerns about home safety give your local station a call and we will give you some advice.

"If needed, we will get out and help you whatever way we can."

Electric fire
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Post Office closures

Four hundred post offices were shut, or had reduced hours because of severe weather.

A spokeswoman apologised to customers saying it wasn't safe for some branches to open but most of their 11,500 branches were operating today, providing vital services to communities.

She thanked customers for their patience until normal business resumes.

Post Office sign
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Snow problem for gymnasts

Hamilton Gymnastics Club has had to cancel classes for the past two days, but the coaches have been making the most of the snow.

They have been trying to outdo each other with their snow gymnastics skills.

Pictured are Rebecca Hall, Shona Grigor and Douglas Ross.

Hand stand
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Hand stand
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Somersault
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Gritters

A full gritting night shift covered the Edinburgh’s priority one routes, with 22 lorries and 11 mini-tractors treating more than 600km of roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council's leader, said: “We are making every effort to keep the city moving in spite of severe weather, though we have had to make some decisions to cease services for the safety of the public and our staff."

Gritter
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We're no lion about the snow

Stirling has turned into a Narnia.

Stirling
Lois Simpson

Abandoned cars posed 'challenge'

Supt Phil Davidson of Police Scotland said the M80 clear-up was made more challenging due to the number of drivers who abandoned their cars.

Asked what happens to them, he told BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme: "We have had to tow those vehicles away to get the road clear again.

"The message to any drivers is that if they own one of those vehicles to please call us on 101 with the details of the vehicle and we will be able to make the arrangements to unite them with their car."

Traffic on M80
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Trials cancelled

The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service have confirmed that there will be no trials going ahead tomorrow because of the continuing severe weather.

Members of the public cited by the Crown to give evidence should not go to court tomorrow, Friday 2 March.

Cases will be adjourned to another day and witnesses will be advised of the new date.

High Court in Glasgow
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East Lothian schools remain closed

All East Lothian Council schools, nurseries and specialist education provision will remain closed to pupils on Friday 2 March due to adverse weather.

'Wishing for the end'

Transport Scotland's Stein Connelly said the M80 was being hit with prolonged blizzards, making conditions challenging for road workers.

Asked about his hopes for the next couple of days, he joked: “I don’t think I have ever been as close to the Met Office in my life.

"We have really been following every word that they say over the last few days, and in fact going back further than that.

"We are wishing for the end of this. I don’t think it is going to end, not right away.

"We have got the amber warning until tomorrow but there are still yellow warnings right into the weekend.

"So we are still going to have some challenges, some cold temperatures and some snow - but if we can maintain the roads the way they are now, hopefully going into a yellow we will be in a better place and we will be able to maintain that."

Conditions on the M80 near Castlecary
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Conditions on the M80 near Castlecary

Edinburgh Trams

Tram in snow
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Edinburgh Trams are to continue to operate trams between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre for the rest of Thursday, 1 March.

A spokesman said: "Following a review of the current weather situation and available resource, services we will continue to operate approximately every 20 minutes until midnight this evening.

"Work will carry on through the night to clear snow with the intention of resuming passenger service from 05:00 on Friday, 1 March with an anticipated frequency of approximately every 20 minutes.

"A reciprocal ticket agreement with Lothian on their Airlink 100 service will continue until further notice.

Lea Harrison, managing director of Edinburgh Trams said: “We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and wish to ensure you that we are doing all we can to help keep you moving while keeping safety in the forefront of our minds.”

Banks closed

Bank of Scotland
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All central Edinburgh Bank of Scotland branches have been closed.

A spokesperson for Bank of Scotland said: “Due to the ongoing extreme weather we are sorry to say that some of our branches are closed and some services have been impacted as a result.

"We take our responsibility to our customers and safety of our colleagues very seriously and only take the decision to close our branches if it is absolutely necessary.”

M80 to reopen 'very soon'

Stein Connelly of Transport Scotland told BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive the M80 will open “very soon”.

He said: "It’s good news. The last vehicle is in the process of being recovered.

"The gritters and ploughs have already treated the whole section of road.

"They are going to do one more pass and then the road will open."

The M73 and M876 are part of the same closure.

He added: “Once we get that open, which will be very soon, it means all trunk roads will be open."

Recovery vehicles on the M80
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Recovery vehicles on the M80

Ready for anything

Armed police officer
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Police Scotland say armed officers have been helping with weather-related incidents.

The incidents included the search for a "vulnerable male in severe and life-threatening weather conditions" in Forth Valley during the early hours of this morning. The man was traced safe and well.

The force said: "ARV crews deal with anything they come across in the course of their patrols."

'Do not go to Edinburgh Airport'

Aircraft wheels
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An Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "All departures are complete for Thursday.

"We ask that passengers DO NOT come to the airport.

"Our airlines are currently assessing their plans for tomorrow."

Empty supermarket shelves

Customers have been stocking up and deliveries are disrupted.

These are empty shelves at Sainsbury's in Meadowbank in Edinburgh due to the snow.

Empty shelves
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TV presenter tracks down stranded driver's pizza hero

BBC Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird helps find Ryan Hagan's knight in shining armour. A very kind Barry Currie (left) brought Ryan pizza while he was stuck on the M80 for nine hours. Ryan, a psychiatric nursing assistant in Larbert, was only too happy to say a thank you - with a shake of the hand and a box of chocolates - after Jackie tracked him down.

Jackie Bird with Barry and Ryan
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(From left) Barry Currie, Jackie Bird and Ryan Hagan

Severe weather hits hospital surgery

Routine operations and outpatient hospital appointments have been cancelled today and tomorrow across much of Scotland.

Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian, Forth Valley, Fife, Tayside and Borders are all affected.

Despite severe travel disruption most NHS staff have made it to work.

One surgeon from Glasgow walked nearly three hours into Paisley's Royal Alexandria Hospital this morning to operate on a cancer patient.

In Dumfries and Galloway, some staff were brought to work by coastguard and rescue vehicles.

M80 almost clear

Clearing up, getting out and moving about (for some)

A break from blizzard conditions in the central belt of Scotland allows people (and their dogs) to venture outdoors. Some were on their way to the shops, for others it was about enjoying the white stuff.

Man clears snow from boat
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The Silver Dolphin gets a brush up as one man clears the snow from a boat on the River Leven, Balloch, Scotland.
Bulldog in Glasgow
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It was walkies time for this bulldog in Garrowhill, Glasgow. The Met Office's red weather warning passed at 10:00 today, however, an amber warning is in place until 10:00 tomorrow.
People walking Ballieston Glasgow
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Heads down and carry on. Wrapped up pedestrians in Baillieston, Glasgow, followed the well-worn tracks of others on the day after a night of snow blizzards.
Snow plough
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Snowploughs were a welcome sight on Scotland's roads. This one was clearing roads in Balloch.
Boy plays in snow
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When the snow falls snowmen get built - that's the rule. This one towered over a wellie-wearing youngster in Glasgow.

Snowman

Walker in Edinburgh's Blinkbonny braving the snow.

Blinkbonny
Corrie Roberts

Dundee schools remain closed tomorrow

Dundee City Council has confirmed that all schools in the city will remain closed on Friday.

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M80 almost clear after cars stranded overnight

James Frazier McBride sent this picture of the M80, which is beginning to clear after hundreds of cars got stuck overnight
James Frazier McBride
James Frazier McBride sent this picture of the M80, which is beginning to clear after hundreds of cars got stuck overnight

James Frazier McBride sent this picture of the M80, near Cumbernauld, which is almost clear after hundreds of cars got stuck overnight. The motorway has been closed all day to allow strnaded vehicles to be removed.

ScotRail running limited service

ScotRail has started to run "limited" services between Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock until 1900.

They will run at 13 minutes past the hour from Glasgow Central, and 56 minutes past the hour from Kilmarnock.

Limited services are also running between Edinburgh & Glasgow via Falkirk High until 1900.

They will run 15 and 45 mins past the hour from Edinburgh, and 00 and 30 mins past the hour from Queen Street.

No trains will depart after 1900 this evening.

Tomorrow ScotRail said it will need to test railway lines again to ensure safety.

This means there will be no services in the affected areas in the morning peak.

RECAP - What is happening now?

An amber warning remains in place across much of the country until 10:00 on Friday and the advice is still not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Hundreds of drivers were stuck overnight in their vehicles on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling and the motorway is still not clear. It has been closed in both directions all day to allow gritters to try to free vehicles which are stuck.

There are also problems on other roads, especially the M73.

There are no trains in central Scotland and very few buses.

Virgin Trains have not been operating on the West Coast in Scotland and have advised passengers against travelling on the East Coast.

Glasgow Airport has been closed all day and Edinburgh will close completely at 18:00.

Both airports will review the weather on Friday morning before deciding if they will operate.

Hundreds of thousands of school children will have a third day away from lessons on Friday and many universities and colleges will also be closed again.

Many hospitals have cancelled non-urgent operations and NHS 24 said it was struggling to deal with the volume of calls due to staff shortages.

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