UK hit by snow as Met Office issues yellow alert for ice

Snow fell across parts of the country and temperatures struggled to get much above freezing as a band of wintry weather hit the UK on Tuesday.

A Met Office yellow warning for ice came into force at 4pm on Tuesday and continues until 11am on Wednesday, covering much of the country.

Travellers faced some disruption as roads were closed and flights delayed due to the icy conditions.

Gritters out in force across Scotland overnight were restocking supplies to return and treat the roads.

Snow was not confined to the hills in Scotland on Tuesday, with flurries in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

There was also snowfall on the Pennines in the north of England.

By mid-morning Police Scotland had received 125 reports of road incidents, with the force urging motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.

The A83 was blocked in Argyll and Bute, while the B974 in Aberdeenshire closed after vehicles got stuck in snow.

Flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh from Stornoway Airport were delayed and three schools were shut in the Highlands due to the weather.

Aberdeenshire was one of the coldest spots on Tuesday, where the temperature was expected to plunge to minus 5C.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: "The showers will continue to make their way further eastwards.

"An ice warning covers Northern Ireland, western Scotland and much of England and Wales.

"The showers will on the whole fade away over night, just persisting down those western coasts, and it will be another cold night.

"Towns and cities will be around or just below freezing. But outside the cities temperatures a good few degrees below that.

"In Scotland you may see a few spots drop as low at minus 9 or minus 10C."