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Travel warning as spring snow falls in north and east Scotland

Beattock summit Image copyright Ray Condron
Image caption There were white-out conditions on the A74(M) at the Beattock summit

Police have issued a series of travel warnings after spring snow fell across parts of Scotland.

Snowfall has been reported in mainly eastern parts of the country, including Aberdeenshire and the Borders.

Traffic Scotland said the snow-gate on the A93 at the Spittal of Glenshee was temporarily closed.

Police in the north-east have warned of hazardous driving conditions and motorists have been asked to take care around Edinburgh.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow for the south, east and north-east of Scotland.

Forecasters expected accumulations of 5-10cm (2-4in) above 100m (330ft), with 15cm (6in) or more possible above 200m (656ft).

A mix of rain and snow was expected at lower levels and near coasts.

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Image caption Jeff Warden woke to discover a blanket of snow in Carluke
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Image caption Jason McLurg took this photograph of a layer of snow in Sanquhar
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Image caption One Twitter user said he saw a swift flying in the snow at Glenfarg in Perth and Kinross

The chief forecaster said: "A depression which has crossed northern parts of northern England early Friday is bringing a slow-moving band of rain, sleet and snow into the area.

"This has stalled across eastern Scotland for a time early on Friday and will go on to push away east or south-eastwards through the course of Friday."

Amey, which maintains some trunk roads in Scotland, said it had gritters and snow ploughs out in the east and south-east of the country.

Stagecoach said some services are running late due to "heavy snowfall" in the east of Scotland.

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Image caption The Gorham family woke up to a dusting of snow in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
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Image caption Judith Ackerman photographed a snowy scene in Peebles
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Image caption Marc Baker said there was about 2cm of snow in Blackridge, West Lothian, but it was melting quickly.
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Image caption Traffic Scotland cameras have captured images of snow on the A68 at Soutra

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