3 April 2012 Last updated at 10:51 Snow and ice return to parts of Scotland
Snow was lying in Aboyne just one week after it recorded record high temperatures for March
Wintry weather has returned to much of Scotland - with 15cm (6in) of snow in Aberdeenshire.
Grampian Police said Moray had taken the brunt of the poor conditions but so far there have been no reports of major disruption. In the Highlands, the A939 Grantown-on-Spey to Dava and the B9007 Carrbridge to Ferness were closed due to heavy snowfall.
About 3,000 customers have been left without power after power line damage.
Those affected are in the Aboyne, Skene and Elgin areas.
Scottish Hydro said engineers were at work on the problem and they hoped to have everyone reconnected by Tuesday evening.
Grampian Police said up to 25cm (10 inches) of snow had accumulated in places.
Roads closed in the region included the A93 west of Kincardine O'Neil, which was blocked by fallen power lines.
The return of wintry weather follows the mildest March ever recorded in Scotland.
A week ago the temperature in the Aberdeenshire town of Aboyne reached 23.6C - the warmest March day on record.
The high in Aboyne on Tuesday is not expected to rise above 2C - and it will feel much colder in the biting wind and snow.
The Met Office issued amber warnings for much of Scotland and said drifting was likely over the Grampians.
James Cook says several inches of snow has fallen in Aboyne overnight
Across lower parts of the central belt it was estimated about 1cm (0.4in) to 4cm (1.6in) would fall in places.
The warning is in place until until 12:00 on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Met Office said, with widespread ice developing on untreated surfaces in northern Scotland, the public should be prepared for disruption to transport.
He said drier conditions would spread slowly southwards across northern and central Scotland throughout Tuesday morning.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "This kind of weather is much more normal for Scotland than the superb weather we have had over the previous days. So we have had, for example, 124 gritters out overnight."
The minister praised forecasters for getting the conditions "spot-on" and giving warnings to people.
He said the Easter school holidays had helped ease the traffic management problem because the numbers on the road were much lower than normal.
"We think the snow will push through into the north of England today and behind that we will have some colder air later on today," Mr Brown said.
"That is something to be aware of because that can bring its own challenges in terms of freezing on roads.
"Beyond that we expect it to return to normal circumstances later on tonight and into tomorrow."
The late fall of snow has given Scotland's ski areas hope of more business after a disappointing winter.
Colin Matthews, operations manager at Cairngorm Mountain, said: "It's very wintry, I'm glad to say - very cold at the top of the mountains - minus six and drifting snow.
"It's very unusual not to have skiing in April so this is looking good."
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