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Weather: Further snow showers today and tomorrow

Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland where a further 10-20 cm is likely to build up above 200-300 m with 30 cm possible over the very highest routes.

At low levels, parts of the warning area will see 3-7 cm of snow but some places near the west coast will see very little.

Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across western Scotland.

Weather: Will heavy snow affect you?

A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected on Wednesday night, clearing eastwards by dawn on Thursday morning.

Travel delays are likely on roads with a risk that some vehicles and passengers could become stranded.

Delays or cancellations are likely to rail and air travel.

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Weather: HEAVY SNOW NIGHT

A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected on Wednesday night, clearing eastwards by dawn on Thursday morning.

Travel delays are likely on roads with a risk that some vehicles and passengers could become stranded.

The AMBER WARNING is in place from 9pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning.

3-8 cm of fresh snow is likely to accumulate widely with up to 20 cm over high ground.

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."

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Weather: AMBER snow warning - BE PREPARED

Snow showers will be heavy and frequent through the rest of Tuesday, gradually easing off during the early hours of Wednesday.

Some high ground is likely to see 15-25 cm building up, especially above 200-300 metres.

At low levels throughout the warning area, 5-10 cm will be more typical.

Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, while strong winds bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground.

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