Scotland's weather: Snow and ice warning issued for areas across the country

A snow and ice warning has been issued for a number of areas across Scotland, with forecasters saying roads and rail could be affected.

Snow and ice could affect driving conditions.
Snow and ice could affect driving conditions.

A yellow warning has been put in place for Wednesday and Thursday, in an area that stretches from Midlothian, the Borders, and south west Scotland.

A separate patch covering the west of Scotland from Greenock right up to the Highlands and Western Isles is also under the warning, from 6pm on Wednesday to midday on Thursday.

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The Met Office says of the warning: “Frequent showers will increasingly turn to snow Wednesday night and persist into Thursday morning though these likely to fall as sleet and hail at times, mainly around coasts.

"Northwest Scotland looks most exposed to these showers with 2 cm of snow accumulating by Thursday morning in places even to low levels.

"Larger accumulations are expected at higher elevations with 2-5 cm above 200 m and up to 10 cm over some of the highest routes.

"Whilst the Southern Uplands is likely to see some snow over higher ground the likelihood is that only very small accumulations are expected here below 200m.”

Here’s what to expect:

- Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services

- Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

- Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths