UPDATED - Snowstorms batter Scotland overnight

Snowstorms battered Scotland overnight
Snowstorms battered Scotland overnight

The Met office warned us that snow was on the way in plenty of time, and boy did it arrive!

Wednesday evening saw the blizzards start almost bang on time as the amber alert kicked in at 5pm, and left Scotland gridlocked in places.

Low Waters Road in Hamilton this morning (Thursday, 29 January)

Low Waters Road in Hamilton this morning (Thursday, 29 January)

The west of the country saw the brunt of the snowfall, while the east got off more lightly.

Some villages in higher locations saw as much as 18” of snow fall, made worse by the drifting caused by the winds which accompanied the storm.

Thursday morning saw blizzards continuing to cause misery for drivers in the west, while the sun split the skies in the east as daybreak arrived.

Accidents on the M74 saw three-hour tailbacks between Lesmahagow and Hamilton, while the M8 had 10-mile jams from Townhead to Glasgow airport.

More snow is forecast for the west of the country

More snow is forecast for the west of the country

The Met office are warning of further snow over the coming days with a cold snap expected at the weekend as the Jetstream brings an arctic blast to Scotland.

Around 100 schools across the country have been closed as a result of the weather.

Transport Minister Derek McKay said: “There have been a few incidents overnight but they’ve been cleared and the traffic systems have still been working well.

“Even at the moment, during typical peak hour traffic, the road network is still flowing fairly well.

“There is one issue at the M8 plantation eastbound but it’s still passable with care, and I think we’ve prepared very well for the weather and the snow.

“With 180-plus gritters out, we’ve worked very hard to prepare the roads for these conditions.”