11 February 2020 13:17
Wintry conditions caused by the remnants of Storm Ciara have caused widespread disruption across Scotland. Snow showers paired with gale force winds have created treacherous conditions across the country forcing the closure of some roads and schools. One motorist is in a serious condition after she was involved in a car crash on the M74 near Larkhall - her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The bad weather has also caused the closure of schools in the Highlands. On Ben Nevis four walkers were rescued from the blizzard-stricken slopes of Ben Nevis by a team of 22 Mountain Rescue employees.
Read more: Train delays in Scotland: When am I entitled to compensation? Storm Ciara caused the River Tweed to burst its banks on Sunday (Getty Images) What's the situation on the roads? The Queensferry Crossing has been closed due to falling snow and ice, prompting Scotrail to put on extra services for Fife-based passengers. The A92 has seen severe disruption between Dundee and Newport-On-Tay. The A82, A835, A93 and A87 were also hit by wintry conditions, with gritters also patrolling the Forth Bridges around the clock. North of the Moray Firth, the Dornoch Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles. Read more: These are the 46 places in Scotland where SEPA flood warnings are in place What about rail travel? There has been widespread disruption to rail travel as a result of Storm Ciara. Due to flooding in the northwest of England, Transpennine are warning travellers not to travel on cross-border trains, with a bus replacement service now servicing the route between Glasgow and Carlisle. The West Highland Line and Inverness-Kyle line have both reopened after closing earlier today. Network Rail have warned of potential disruption throughout the day. They tweeted: "Snow, high winds, ice, flooding and poor visibility are just some of the problems winter weather can bring. "Extreme weather can sometimes lead to us making tough decisions, such as cancelling or delaying services, but we do everything we can to prevent that." Stormy conditions temporarily caused the closure of Edinburgh Waverley station on Sunday due to overcrowding. Read more: Storm Ciara: Watch the shocking moment Scottish guest house collapses into water And flights to and from Scotland? Edinburgh Airport has cancelled more than 80 flights as a result of the bad weather. A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: "The airport is open and is continuing to see flights arrive and depart. Passengers who are travelling should contact their airlines for the latest flight information and give themselves plenty of time to get to the airport." Trams to and from Edinburgh Airport were also disrupted on Sunday due to flooding. There has been less disruption at Glasgow airport, though a plane was delayed for inspection after it was struck by lightning. Which schools have been closed? Schools under the Highland Council were forced to close due to dangerous weather conditions. Kingussie High School, Kingussie Primary, Kergask primary, Newtonmore Primary and Aviemore Primary, Mallaig Primar and Inverie Primary have all been closed for the day.