Weather warnings issued in Scotland for snow and ice

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Image caption Network Rail said this train at Dalwhinnie showed the "challenging conditions" being faced

Weather forecasters are warning of hazardous driving conditions as frequent sleet, snow and hail showers sweep across Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice across Scotland until Tuesday night.

Snow showers caused disruption on some routes on Monday morning, including on parts of the A9, M80 and M74.

Up to an inch (2.5cm) of snow is possible over low ground and 4in on ground above 200m, the Met Office said.

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Image caption Visibility was poor at Drumochter on the A9

It said icy patches were possible at times on untreated surfaces, especially on Monday night.

Winds will be generally strong, with gusts of 70mph or more likely at times, especially on coasts and hills.

Met Office forecaster Nicki Willis said: "Ice is expected in the north east of Scotland after snow showers throughout the day and it will also be very gusty in the north west with gusts up to 70mph in parts.

"Temperatures will fall under clear skies tonight and snow showers will return in the north of the country tomorrow but should die away by the end of the afternoon, with drier and brighter weather ending the day."

In the course of Monday, up to 6,000 homes in Oban, Fort William, Skye and the Western Isles were without electricity due to lightning strikes on power lines.

Scottish and Southern Energy said the majority of properties were reconnected within an hour.

Rail services were disrupted. Snow forced the cancellation of trains to and from Inverness. Waves washing over the tracks at Ardrossan caused problems for some routes in Ayrshire.

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Image caption There were snowy scenes in Inverness on Monday morning

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