TEMPERATURES in Scotland plunged as low as minus 10C overnight amid warnings of snow, ice and travel disruption.

Drumnadrochit near Inverness in the Highlands hit minus 10.4C (13.28F) in the early hours of Thursday, making it the coldest recorded temperature of the year so far.

A series of yellow weather warnings for snow and ice from the Met Office came in with warnings covering northern and south-west Scotland suggesting there may be “further wintry showers bringing disruption from ice and snow”.

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The warning is in place until noon in Scotland.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the PA news agency: “Parts of north-west Scotland still have 34cm of snow lying, elsewhere this is around 9cm and in sites across Northern Ireland we’ve got 7cm, and in Wales as well.

“The main thing elsewhere is frost and ice, showers are focused towards the north and west of the UK, so elsewhere a frosty and icy, but dry start.

“Gradually it will turn less cold over the next few days, we hold onto it generally today and tomorrow, but into the weekend Atlantic air starts to come in, bringing temperatures up to double figures.”