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Heavy rain and snow cause problems across Scotland

Snow/Pic: Duncan Kirkhope
Image caption Heavy rain and snow caused problems for drivers

Snow and heavy rain has caused problems for drivers in many parts of Scotland.

Police forces in Grampian and in central Scotland said there had been a number of accidents because of poor driving conditions.

Flood watches were also put in place in many regions after up to 20cm (8in) of rain was forecast for Monday morning.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said alerts were still in place for the Jed Water and Lyne Water in the Scottish Borders.

Earlier in the day, flood alerts had covered Strathclyde, Lothian and Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and central Tayside and Fife.

Northern Constabulary said stretches of the A9 at Dalwhinnie and the Slochd had also been affected by snow.

Central Scotland Police said a number of car crashes in the Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire area during morning rush hour were caused by the poor weather.

A force spokeswoman said the A81 and A811 had been badly affected by snow, although a jacknifed lorry which had been blocking the A811 had been cleared and traffic was moving again.

A spate of accidents were also reported as the snow, and ice, caused problems for motorists in the Grampian area.

An air ambulance helicopter was called to the A940 Forres to Grantown road, south of Forres, after a lorry and van collided at about 0950 GMT.

The Scottish Ambulance Service told the BBC Scotland news website there were three casualties.

However the helicopter was not needed and they were instead being taken by road to Dr Gray's hospital in Elgin for treatment.

Grampian Police said there were problems on many of the region's roads, and several accidents.

Some schools in Aberdeenshire have also been affected.

Flooding also forced the closure of the B8022 Limerigg to Slamannan road, Marchglen Road in Tillicoultry and the A803 Bonnybridge to Camelon road.

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