DRIVERS across Scotland have been warned to leave extra time for their Monday morning commute due to icy roads during rush hour, following a weekend of wintry weather.

A Met Office yellow warning for ice across the centre of the UK covers all four nations until 10am, when conditions are expected to improve in most areas apart from northern Scotland – where snow is forecast to continue.

The forecaster has said overnight sleet will leave behind slippery surfaces which could cause “injuries from slips and falls” and “icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said the cold conditions moved in from the Arctic over the weekend, and he warned Monday morning commuters to leave plenty of time for their journeys.

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He said: “We could well see some wintry showers develop tonight across the middle band of the UK, with a risk of snow on high ground and slippery surfaces on lower areas.

“This could be a problem during rush hour, it could cause a few problems on the roads. The risk of flooding is still there.”

Snell said rain will clear from the South East from 10am, and most of the UK will be dry with sunny spells through the rest of Monday.

Temperatures are expected to drop overnight to minus 3C in Edinburgh while Highland areas of Scotland could see minus 10C. 

The rest of the week is predicted to be cold with patchy showers, particularly in northern areas, until temperatures rise at the weekend.

A lengthy yellow Met Office warning for snow and ice covers northern Scotland until 10am on Wednesday.