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Summary

  1. Met Office issues amber warning for snow until 8:00 on Wednesday
  2. Heavy snowfall overnight and through the morning causes transport disruption
  3. Thousands of children enjoy a "snow day" as schools across the country close
  4. Forecasters predict the big chill will last until at least Friday

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Amber warning remains in place until Wednesday morning

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

That's it from our live page for now, thanks for joining us throughout the day.

An amber warning still remains in place across parts of southern and central Scotland until 08:00 on Wednesday.

An 'eventful day' in the Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council's assistant emergency planning officer Kevin Sewell said snow in the region had been more widespread than first anticipated.

"Today has been eventful - we had a yellow weather warning which has escalated to an amber weather warning which has meant we have had to get more resources out to deal with snow on the roadways," he said.

Snow on a car
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Snowfalls in the Borders spread more widely than expected

"That has had a knock-on effect because we have had problems at school closing time with school buses and having to get children home by alternative means.

"We were not expecting it to come so far across the Borders - it was meant to be in Peeblesshire but it has come across most of the Borders."

Congestion on the Edinburgh bypass captured on cameras

Efforts continue to re-open M74 southbound in Lanarkshire

The M74 southbound in Lanarkshire has been closed between J12 Millbank and J13 Abington due to wintry conditions.

Traffic Scotland said gritters were working to make the motorway safe enough to re-open.

Gritters working around the clock to tackle the snow and ice

Image captures traffic at a standstill in Carluke

Another reader, Cameron Scott, took this image earlier in the day.

It shows vehicles coming to a halt on Lanark Road in Carluke due to the poor road conditions with some drivers starting to leave their cars.

Snow scene
Cameron Scott

Conditions tricky on the Isle of Skye

BBC Scotland News website reader Stewart Hunt captured this image of another snow-covered route earlier today.

Isle of Skye
Stewart Hunt

Transport Minister flags up routes at risk in amber warning area

Snapshots of the snow across the country

BBC Scotland Weather

Police issue advice on driving in the snow

Gritting effort continues across Glasgow

The very latest weather forecast for Scotland

BBC Scotland Weather

Eskdalemuir tops the snow depth table

BBC Scotland Weather

The latest snow depth details for today show southern Scotland leading the way.

Temperatures
BBC Scotland Weather

Jackie O'Brien and Jon Snow(man)...

M74 closed southbound due to wintry conditions

Resilience team ready for further snowfalls

Dumfries and Galloway Virtual Operations Support Team (DGVost) is ready to swing into action at 18:00.

It brings together a range of agencies to co-ordinate effort and share information during major incidents and weather emergencies.

Mark Thomson of Dumfries and Galloway Council's resilience team said the worst impact was expected later tonight.

Snow
Police Scotland

"The information we have currently from the Met Office is that we could expect 15cm to 25cm of further snow on the higher ground and between 5cm and 10cm of snow to lower lying areas," he said.

"Indications are that the most significant snowfall will happen between 20:00 and midnight tonight."

He said a relatively "low level deployment" was in place at present but resources were on stand-by should that need to be stepped up.

Heavy snow affecting the A702 and A68

What is thundersnow and how does it happen?

Nick Miller

BBC Weather

What is thundersnow?

Crash reports on the M74 with police on the scene

Sporting activities off in East Renfrewshire

Leisure activities are disrupted in many areas, including those hosted by East Renfrewshire's leisure services.

The council said....

  • Bookings at all synthetic pitches have been cancelled this evening
  • Children's sporting activities tonight are also off: Athletics (Eastwood); Mini Tennis (Eastwood); Badminton (Giffnock); Gymnastics (Mearns Castle); Gymnastics (Netherlee); Basketball (Neilston); Football (Mearns); Walking football (Mearns)

Motorists in Scottish Borders urged to 'only drive if necessary'

A joint police and council statement in the Scottish Borders has said there are a "number of issues" on various routes in the region.

“We’re working to clear these as soon as possible, however we would appeal to people to only drive if necessary," it said.

Snowy scene
Scottish Borders Council

"Further snow showers are forecast this evening, as well as low temperatures, with a risk of ice. The council’s focus is on ensuring that the primary network is kept open.

“Anyone who does get stuck in snow, or in a queue of traffic on a route affected by snow, is asked to remain in their vehicle.”

Schools update for South Lanarkshire

All schools and nurseries in South Lanarkshire are expected to be open tomorrow, despite the amber weather warning.

However, the council said it would continue to assess the situation and give an update on Wednesday morning.

Further updates will be posted to its Twitter @SouthLanCouncil and Facebook pages.

A9 still shut at Thurso

Images from Scotland's snow-covered roads

BBC Scotland correspondents around the country have been monitoring the impact of the wintry weather on the nation's road network.

Here's a selection of the images they have collected.

A74(M) near Lockerbie
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There were difficult driving conditions on the A74(M) near Lockerbie
Road near Hawick
BBC
There was heavy snowfall on roads in the Scottish Borders
Car accident in Inverness
BBC
Look carefully and you will see that a car has mounted this roundabout in Inverness
Road signs near Carrbridge
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Heavy snowfall in the Cairngorms earlier today

A76 remains closed at Kirkconnel following a crash

Snow starting to fall again on the A7

Your photographs of snow-covered Scotland

Dog in the snow
Jaw Watcher/ BBC Weather Watchers
BBC Weather Watcher Jaw Watcher sent this picture from Clydebank

It's not all travel delays, road accidents and school closures today, a lot of people have been lucky enough to get out and about taking pictures in the snow.

Here's a selection of the best of the photographs which have been shared with BBC Scotland.

Send us your pictures by emailing scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or Tweet @BBCScotlandnews.

Heavy snow hitting the A68, A7 and M8

Advice offered to drivers on roads affected by snow and ice

Stornoway buses cancelled due to snow forecast

Bus services to and from Stornoway are cancelled after 19:00 tonight, due to the risk posed by ice, snow and freezing temperatures.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar says earlier bus services are expected to operate but may be subject to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

It has advised the public to travel only if necessary.

Heavy snow on the A68 and A7 as amber warning comes into force

'Heavier and more frequent snow showers in southern Scotland'

Transport minister: Prepare for difficult driving conditions

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has urged people to allow extra time for their journeys as the weather deteriorates in parts of Scotland this evening.

After the Met Office upgraded its weather warning for snow, he joined Deputy First Minister John Swinney in chairing a meeting of the Scottish government resilience operation.

Mr Yousaf warned that snowfall in parts of south west and central Scotland was likely to lead to further transport disruption.

Humza Yousaf
BBC

Winter maintenance fleets were working around the clock, he added.

And he urged people to plan their journeys in advance and to check the most up-to-date information on the Traffic Scotland website or its Twitter page.

He said: "There may also be an impact on other modes of transport, so if you're planning to travel by rail, ferry or plane, you should check ahead with the operator to find out if the weather conditions have affected your service."

The amber weather warning is in place from 15:00 today until 08:00 tomorrow.

"Snow day" for about 8,900 children in Highlands

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

About 8,900 school pupils in the Highlands have missed classes or been sent home early due to snow and ice.

Daviot Primary School
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One of more than 50 primary schools closed in the Highlands today

Dozens of nurseries, primary and secondary schools across the region did not open because of the weather. Other sites closed early.

The situation affected 13 secondary schools, 53 primaries, two special schools and 26 nurseries.

Radar picture shows snow sweeping in across the country

Snow settles across the rail network