PARTS of Scotland could see up to 10cm of snow on Thursday, with temperatures expected to drop “well below freezing” overnight, forecasters have said.

Snow has swept across the north-east and east of Scotland, with more expected throughout Thursday.

The Met Office has issued snow and ice alerts for large areas of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland amid plummeting temperatures.

The national weather service has advised of the likelihood of people suffering slips and fall injuries in one of the first icy periods of the winter.

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It is also advising there is a chance of disruption to road, bus and rail networks – with ice patches forming on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

One yellow warning for snow and ice – covering parts of Scotland – will be active from 5pm on Thursday until 11am on Friday.

It includes parts of Angus, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands, Orkney, Shetland, East Lothian and the Borders.

According to the Met Office, this is what to expect from a yellow warning for snow and ice:

  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services
  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths