Snow and sub-zero temperatures return to Scotland, with more due in other parts of the UK

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Snow and sub-zero temperatures returned to parts of the UK, leaving treacherous driving conditions and dozens of schools closed.

Wintry showers swept in overnight, forcing the mercury down to 0C-2C (32F-36F) in areas that saw snow, with the Met Office issuing yellow warnings for snow and ice across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tulloch Bridge in Scotland had the largest snowfall with 8cm overnight and snow and sleet affected many roads in Scotland including the A9, M9, M80, A720, M77, A7 and M73.

Northern England and Northern Ireland have also seen flurries of snow, with 1cm reported in Lough Fea, Northern Ireland, and further accumulations expected through the day.

More snow – sub-zero temperatures and snow hit the UK with more forecast on Tuesday into Wednesday (Picture: PA)
Snow – Parts of Scotland were blanketed in snow with forecasters warning of plunging temperatures and possible disruption (Picture: PA)

Gritters were out in force across Scotland, but the A9 at Dalwhinnie was closed for two hours after a lorry jack-knifed close to the snow gates.

Drivers were asked to avoid the M8 after long delays were reported during rush hour, with pictures on social media showing particularly difficult driving conditions near Easterhouse.

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More than 50 schools and nurseries in the Highlands were closed due to the weather with over 3,000 children enjoying a snow day.

A number of schools in South Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway were also affected.

Snow day – schools were closed in Scotland as the country was blanketed in snow (Picture: PA)

Forecaster said there is a greater chance of snow across parts of Wales and possibly the Midlands later into Tuesday.

A snow and ice warning is in place for these areas, with 2cm-6cm of snow expected over the hills and 1cm-2cm at lower levels.

Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “The forecast for today is it’s likely to become a bit more wintry, so we could be seeing snow for many areas, with northern and western areas seeing frequent showers.

“It will stay cold, we will continue to feel that wind from the north west, quite gusty, so feeling bitterly cold outside today.”

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