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Warning as snow and ice affect roads across Scotland

snow on A93 Braemar to Glenshee Image copyright Traffic scotland
Image caption There was snow fall overnight on the A93 Braemar to Glenshee

Drivers were warned to take extra time for their journeys as snow and ice affected some parts of Scotland.

There was snow overnight on parts of the M74 and A9 and higher routes like the A93 from Ballater to Glenshee. Icy conditions were reported on the M8.

A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning had been in place across most parts of the country until midday.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said agencies were working to ensure a "co-ordinated and effective" response.

In Dumfries and Galloway, a woman died following crash involving an ambulance on the A76. Police said conditions in the area were wintry.

On Sunday, the emergency services had to deal with "several" accidents on the A9 at the Drumochter Pass.

The transport minister visited a salt depot near Glasgow as gritters were out across the country.


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'Difficult conditions'

Mr Mackay said: "While this weather is not unusual in Scotland at this time of year, some areas are seeing their first snowfall of the season.

"A wide range of agencies and organisations are working together to implement their response plans with the aim of keeping disruption in difficult conditions to a minimum.

"The efforts being made by the team here at Scotland Transerv are being replicated by the trunk road operating companies across the country and the focused response to weather events will continue throughout the winter."

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Image caption Snow was affecting driving conditions at the Drumochter Pass on the A9
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Image caption Snow was also lying on the M74 at Beattock in Dumfries and Galloway
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Image caption Gritters have been out on trunk roads across the country in recent days

Mr Mackay said more salt was in stock than was used in the whole of last year and winter control rooms were ensuring routes were being treated and patrolled where and when needed.

He said motorists could see where gritters would be in operation via a map on the Traffic Scotland website with the latest information on its Twitter feed, smartphone app and internet radio.

A further alert of winds of up to 70mph for the whole country has been issued starting at 00:15 on Wednesday and running until 06:00 on Thursday.

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