Chaos for north as blizzards blow in

By Laura Paterson

Published: 20/12/2013

GRITTER crews battled to keep the A9 open last night as heavy snow and gales caused chaos across the Highland and islands.

Traffic was backed up on the key trunk road between Inverness and Perth as blizzard conditions threatened to make it impassable.

The wintry blast followed an overnight storm with wind speeds hitting more than 90mph, leaving thousands without power and playing havoc with ferry, road and rail travel. And a school Christmas party also had to be cancelled because part of the building’s roof was ripped off.

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