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Drivers warned of icy roads as wintry weather continues

A Met Office yellow warning for ice is in place in parts of the country Credit: PA

Motorists are being warned to be wary of icy roads following disruption in areas hit by snow this week.

The Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" warning for ice across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England, Yorkshire and the Midlands on Saturday morning.

It comes at the end of a week which saw 200 motorists stranded as a result of heavy snow.

Police on Friday urged people in areas affected by the ice adivsory to travel only if necessary.

By Saturday, Police Scotland had downgraded its travel advice from stage three to stage two, meaning that people should still travel with caution and that conditions for road travel "may be hazardous".

Drivers are urged to plan ahead for their journey and expect possible delays in the warning areas of Central, Tayside and Fife, the Highlands, the Western and Northern Isles, south west Scotland, the Lothians, Borders and Strathclyde.

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A force spokesman said: "If using public transport, please check with the provider before you leave to see if there is any disruption or cancellation to services.

"We are also advising people to plan ahead over the weekend. If you're out during the evening and planning on drinking alcohol, make sure you have your journey home organised.

"Book a taxi in advance and keep up to date with transport providers to ensure services are running."

The Met Office ice warning for Saturday morning cautioned that some sleet and snow showers would continue in places.

"There will probably be ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, potentially resulting in some injuries from slips and falls," it stated.