WEATHER warnings are in place for large parts of northern and southern Scotland as snow and ice are forecast to hit the country tonight.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings on Saturday morning as the conditions looked set to bring some travel disruption.

In the south, the warning from 10pm tonight to 10am tomorrow is expected to affect Falkirk, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, the Borders and West Lothian, as well as parts of Strathclyde.

“Spells of hill snow developing over southern Scotland Saturday evening will gradually clear northwards by the end of the night,” the organisation said.

The National:

“Some sleet and snow may fall down to around 100 m at times but bulk of accumulations will be above 200 metres where 2-5 cm of snow is likely for some and perhaps 10 cm on some of the highest routes.”

Revellers will be hoping the worst of the weather keeps away from Edinburgh, where the city is expecting large crowds for its first large-scale Hogmanay celebrations in three years.

Meanwhile in the north, a yellow warning for ice affects the Grampian area, as well as the Highlands and Islands and Orkney and Shetland.

The National:

That warning is in place from 6pm today to 11am tomorrow.

The Highlands and Islands are already under a yellow weather warning for snow due to last into the afternoon.

“Rain, sleet and snow showers are expected to die out during Saturday but will leave surfaces wet with icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces overnight,” the Met Office warned.

“Some further rain, sleet and perhaps snow will push northwards during Sunday morning over mainland Scotland with icy stretches then clearing from parts of eastern Scotland.”

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The Met Office urged people to monitor their website or app for any further weather warnings over the weekend.

It comes after heavy rain resulted in widespread flooding across southern and central parts of Scotland, bringing travel disruption on Friday.

Forecasters have said the deadly bomb cyclone that sent temperatures plunging in the US over Christmas is causing the unsettled weather in the UK.