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Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep in
Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep inPublishedduration20 minutes agoSharenocloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightWeather Watcher Grahamimage captionThere have been heavy snow showers in and around Stirling
Routes across Scotland have been hit by heavy snow as Storm Christoph sweeps across the country.
An amber alert for south-east Scotland was lifted at 08:00 but a yellow alert remains in place in the north east until Friday.
Many roads in the Borders were affected by heavy snowfalls overnight and travel further north was also disrupted.
The Queensferry Crossing is closed southbound due to the risk of falling ice but northbound is now open.
All southbound traffic is being diverted via the A985 Kincardine Bridge. Bear Scotland said the Forth Road Bridge should not be used as a diversion.
The A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul road in Moray has been closed after Police Scotland shut the snowgates due to the wintry conditions.
Snow has also affected traffic on parts of the M8.
Traffic is much heavier than normal on the #M8 J6-J2 in both directions
There is an AMBER warning for SNOW in place
Please only drive if essential
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Police Scotland has urged people to avoid travelling in the affected areas.
Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: "Government restrictions on only travelling if your journey is essential remain in place and with an amber warning for snow, please consider if your journey really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.
"If you deem your journey is essential, plan ahead and make sure you and your vehicle are suitably prepared by having sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food, water and charge in your mobile phone in the event you require assistance."image copyrightWeather Watcher Skywatcherimage captionDrivers woke up to snow-covered cars in Haddington, East Lothian
The amber warning for snow covered a slice of Scotland from south of Edinburgh to close to the Scotland-England border and was valid until Thursday morning.
However, further alerts remain in place.image copyrightWeather Watcher ShrelockDronesimage captionWestruther in the Borders saw some of the heaviest snowfalls
A yellow warning for snow was scheduled to be lifted in southern and eastern Scotland at 10:00 on Thursday.
In north-east Scotland there is the potential for blizzard conditions through until 12:00 on Friday although it could fall as rain in more coastal areas and Orkney.
The Met Office said up to 20cm (8in) of snow was possible on higher ground.
Transport Scotland said it was "closely monitoring" the road network and a multi-agency response team would be operational during the weather warnings.image copyrightWeather Watcher Partickjagsimage captionThe scene in Roybridge was typical of much of the Highlands
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