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Snow and ice cause chaos on roads

Commuters in the north of Scotland have faced major disruption as snow and ice took their toll on roads.

Overnight frost and snow led to numerous accidents and travel delays across the Highlands, Grampian and Tayside.

Ice caused major problems on the A9, with the road closed between Gleneagles and Blackford following a crash. Drivers were urged to be aware of the conditions.

A Tayside Police spokesman said: "We have been dealing with two or three road accidents in the area, with cars coming off the road.

"One was particularly serious as a white van slid down an embankment at the side of the road. Police and ambulance services are dealing with the incident."

The main route between Carrbridge and Ferness in the north east has also been closed due to an accident.

Northern Constabulary said they are dealing with a "high number" of traffic problems caused by the weather, with snow falling in outlying areas of the Highlands. Between Ballater and Corgarff, snow gates were closed and all areas of mainland Scotland remained under a yellow "be aware" warning from the Met Office.

The wintry weather is forecast to last until Friday evening, but milder temperatures are on the way.

Chris Burton, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Wintry showers will continue across northern and western parts of the country, with sleet falling in lower areas.

"A band of rain will push up to the north this afternoon and will fall as snow in higher areas. But by tonight milder temperatures are forecast to arrive and shouldn't fall below freezing, with an average of 8C across the country."

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