Schools shut and hundreds of drivers stranded

Tailbacks built up on the snow-hit M74 motorway from late Tuesday Credit: Dumfries & Galloway VOST

Snow and ice have shut all schools in the Scottish Borders and left hundreds of motorists stranded on the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway.

Parts of the motorway were closed for a number of hours - with tailbacks stretching back six miles.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team were asked to attend and check on motorists stuck in their vehicles.

Earlier, the Met Office issued an amber "be prepared" warnings of snow and ice for southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with forecasters warning of "heavy squally showers of snow."