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Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep in

Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep in Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep inPublishedduration4 minutes agoSharenocloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingStirlingimage 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 has been reopened after being closed earlier due to the risk of falling ice.

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  • 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.

    In the Highlands, snow has affected driving conditions on A9 at the Slochd between Inverness and Aviemore. Heavy snow has also closed the main route to Applecross at the Bealach na Ba.

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    There is an AMBER warning for SNOW in place

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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."

    Haddingtonimage 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.

    Westrutherimage 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.

    Roybridgeimage copyrightWeather Watcher Partickjagsimage captionThe scene in Roybridge was typical of much of the Highlands

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