Highlands & Islands

Warning of snow and ice for large parts of Scotland

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Image caption Forecasters have warned of difficult driving conditions during the morning rush hour

Rush hour commuters have been urged to be on alert with a yellow "be aware" warning of snow and ice issued for large parts of Scotland.

Wintry weather was forecast with a prolonged snowfalls due overnight and early on Wednesday morning.

Between 2-5cm of snow was expected in many places, with up to 10cm on higher ground.

Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, central Scotland, the Highlands and Western Isles could be affected.

The warning also covered Grampian, Tayside, Fife, Strathclyde and the Lothians.

The Met Office said: "Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the potential for travel disruption into the Wednesday morning rush hour.

"Clear spells between showers will also lead to icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces."

Wettest month

The forecast for wintry conditions comes amid this winter being described as the wettest recorded in Scotland since records began in 1910.

Met Office statistics show that an average of 760mm of rain fell across the country in December, January and February.

This resulted in a spate of floods which inundated homes and caused chaos on the roads and railways.

December was the wettest month recorded while January and February saw much higher rainfalls than normal. Argyll was the wettest area.

It had 1,055.7mm of rain over the three months.

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