THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across Scotland.

The weather service warned that the country will be hit by wintry showers on Boxing Day, with the yellow notice in place from 6pm on Monday.

The Met Office said the weather will likely cause some travel disruption, compounding warnings made earlier on Monday amid continuing rail strikes.

The service also said there is a "very small" risk of power outages in some areas.

A warning stated: "Strengthening west-northwesterly winds will bring increasingly frequent wintry showers to parts of Scotland through Sunday night and into Monday morning.

"These may fall as snow to low levels for a time where temporary accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible, with 5-10 cm of snow over the hills.

"Icy surfaces will be an additional hazard, especially across parts of Western Scotland later in the night where showers will fall as rain or sleet.

"Snow showers will extend to central and southern parts of Scotland by Monday morning, although any lying snow will be confined to higher ground.

"Wintry showers will continue elsewhere within the warning area through Monday; a further 10 cm of snow is possible by the end of the day across higher parts of Highland.

"Strong and gusty winds will bring the risk of drifting and blizzards for upland areas, with a small risk of isolated power outages as the snow and strong wind affects power lines."