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Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep in
Storm Christoph: Travel disruption as snow and rain sweep inPublishedduration50 minutes agoSharenocloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightWeather Watcher Muddy-Pawsimage captionA snow plough in Macmerry, East Lothian
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.
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.image captionThe Queensferry Crossing has been reopened after being closed earlier due to the risk of falling ice
Chris Tracey, Bear Scotland's south east unit bridges manager, said: "The safety of bridge users comes first and we therefore made the decision to temporarily close the Queensferry Crossing when we identified a risk of falling ice.
"We had already mobilised additional ice patrols in response to the weather forecast and the bridge was closed at 04:00 when staff observed ice falling from the structure.
"The risk has now passed, and it is safe to reopen the bridge."
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.
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.
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