Drivers stranded overnight in Scotland due to snow and ice

Drivers stranded overnight in Scotland due to snow and ice

Snow has created dangerous driving conditions

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Motorists and lorry drivers have been stranded overnight on the M74 after snow and ice brought treacherous driving conditions to Scotland.

Mountain rescue teams were drafted in to check on drivers stuck in their vehicles after heavy snow showers hit the area throughout Tuesday evening (January 16) and into the early hours of Wednesday.

Traffic Scotland closed parts of the motorway in Lanarkshire in both directions due to wintry conditions for a number of hours - with tailbacks stretching back for six miles.

Transport Scotland said the M74 was now open in both directions, however conditions remain challenging after a "very difficult night."

Moffat Mountain Rescue assisted the operation to get the road clear by walking on the motorway and visiting drivers stuck in the tailbacks.

The Met Office had issued amber "be prepared" warnings of snow and ice for south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland until 8am this morning (January 17).

More than a foot of snow was recorded in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway, while Tulloch Bridge in Inverness saw 21cm of snow overnight with temperatures as low as -4C, forecasters said.

Elsewhere across England and Wales, the temperature did not reach above 2 degrees celsius.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said that today (January 17) "it is going to be quite windy as low pressure pushes through tonight and that could bring some snow across parts of Scotland and in particular northern England."

Forecasters have warned the winds could reach 70mph across northern England and Wales - and potentially become another major storm.

Yellow snow and ice warnings are also in place for northern England, Northern Ireland and much of Wales.