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Transport Minister Keith Brown today urged those returning to work to check before they travel as further wintry weather was forecast for Tuesday.

As snow fell in parts of central Scotland, the Met Office issued an Amber Alert asking travellers to be prepared as high winds of up to 80 mph were forecast for Tuesday in central and north-east Scotland and snow was also forecast for the Highlands north of Stirling and Perth with blizzard conditions expected.

While the winds are expected to ease throughout the day, an alert was also issued for higher areas of Argyll, Stirling, Perth and Kinross and Angus.

As many Scots prepare to return to work and schools prepare to re-open later in the week, the Transport Minister said that everything possible was being done to monitor the situation and prepare for any disruption.

Mr Brown said: “For some parts of the country, it’s been a wintry start to the week and as people start to return to work, I would urge everyone to take the time to check before they travel and make the necessary preparations before setting off.

“With further snow and high winds forecast, I would ask the travelling public to play their part by checking their journeys in advance, making the necessary preparations and following police travel advice.

“Our transport teams monitor the situation round the clock and will continue to keep a watch on our transport networks to minimise and potential disruption and keep Scotland moving.”

Motorists can access up-to-the-minute traffic information from Traffic Scotland and its customer care line 0800 028 1414 android phone apps or Twitter updates.

Rail users can keep up to date with services through the travel update section on the Scotrail website