Highlands & Islands

Snow and high winds affect travel in Scotland

Snow on the A9 south of Inverness on Wednesday morning
Image caption Snow on the A9 south of Inverness on Wednesday morning

Snow, heavy rain and high winds have affected travel in parts of Scotland.

The A9 was closed for a time at the Slochd south of Inverness and high wind warnings were issued for the Cromarty, Dornoch and Erskine bridges.

There were restrictions on high-sided vehicles crossing the Skye Bridge.

The Met Office had a yellow "be aware" warning for snow for southern Scotland on Wednesday morning. There were also snowfalls in Moray and Aberdeenshire.

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Image caption The scene on the B976 Gairnshiel to Crathie road in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday morning

The weather front brought fresh snowfalls to Scotland's mountains.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) had assessed the potential avalanche risk in the Northern Cairngorms as "considerable".

In the Highlands, Kingussie High School was closed because of the weather.

High winds also brought down a tree at Drumnadrochit, south of Inverness, partially blocking the A82. Traffic Scotland warned motorists to expect delays at the scene.

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Image caption Driving conditions were challenging on the A9 north of Carrbridge

Staff at the Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre said more than 40cm (16in) had fallen at its base station, which is 630m (2,066ft) above sea level.

BBC Weather Watchers have been posting images of snowy scenes from across Scotland.

The locations include West Linton in the Borders and Knockandhu in Moray.

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Image caption Snow at West Linton in the Borders
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Image caption Snowy scene at Knockandhu in Moray
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Image caption Snow falling at Skye of Curr near Grantown of Spey
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Image caption Deep snow near the Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre
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Image caption The Cairngorm Mountain ski resort has had more than 40cm of snow
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Image caption Snow at a door at Cairngorm Mountain
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Image caption A skier in the Northern Cairngorms in a picture from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service on Wednesday