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Extreme weather strands train passengers and motorists overnight as Army called in

Passengers on trains and hundreds of motorists were left stranded overnight as strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow across the UK.

It comes as forecasters warned the country "is not out of the woods yet".

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Drivers trapped by snow spend night in vehicles

Some drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars. Credit: PA

Roads made impassable by the snow forced many drivers in Scotland to spend the night in their cars.

Motorists on the M80 near Glasgow were stuck for up to 13 hours, with some remaining in their vehicles overnight or abandoning them on the motorway.

Police Scotland warned people to avoid travelling at all costs on Thursday as a red weather warning remained in place across the country until 10am.

The force tweeted: "Todays advice: don't travel unless you're an emergency worker. #REDALERT remains till 10am and at best will reduce to Yellow."

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf also urged people not to travel "unless it is absolutely necessary".

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