Drivers hit by snow as weather warnings issued

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Image caption Wintry conditions posed a challenging commute for drivers on Wednesday morning

Drivers have faced difficult conditions on the roads as wintry weather hit parts of Scotland.

Snow fell across central, southern and northern areas as Met Office warnings took effect.

The weather caused challenges for drivers on the M74, M77 and M8, while forecasters warned about ice, sleet, snow and hail throughout Wednesday.

Yellow "be prepared" warnings remain in place for northern, western and southern Scotland until 18:00.

The Met Office said 2-5cm of snow was expected to accumulate in places above 200m, while some snow was also possible at low levels.

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Image caption Conditions at Millbank were difficult on Wednesday morning

Fresh yellow warnings of snow and ice have also been issued for northern Scotland, which are valid from 18:00 on Wednesday until 11:00 on Thursday.

Gritters were out on all major routes throughout the early morning.

The M74 was restricted to one lane for some time between J14 and J15 due to snow.

The A87 Skye Bridge was subject to a high winds warning. All vehicles were allowed to cross with caution.

The Met Office warning said: "Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by snow with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

"Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are also possible."

Police said they were urging drivers to "be aware".

Ch Supt Stewart Carle, head of road policing, said drivers should consider delaying their journeys if conditions deteriorated.

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Image caption Forecasters warned that the wintry weather could affect roads and train services

"Winter driving is a question of common sense and drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor," he said.

"No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements, such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.

"If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours."

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf urged people to plan ahead if travelling.

He tweeted: "This is likely to affect morning & evening peak travel. As always follow @trafficscotland for updates & leave extra time for journeys."

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