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Motorists warned over icy roads

Motorists have been warned to continue to take care on the roads as icy conditions made driving treacherous in northern areas.

The UK is due to experience a spell of unsettled weather, with more snow expected in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England over the next few days.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for most of Scotland, where the first cold snap of winter has so far caused the most disruption.

Gale force winds of up to 92mph are also expected across central Scotland on Thursday and stormy conditions will also spread across other northern areas.

Earlier, the M8 was closed westbound at junction six because of a jack-knifed HGV and diesel on the road, while the junction six slip road to the westbound carriageway was also closed. Drivers were told to approach the area with caution and follow the diversions.

The A77 northbound carriageway was closed at the B7038 Kilmarnock junction because of an accident and the westbound carriageway of the Clydeside Expressway in Glasgow was also closed. Police said a car skidded on the ice and hit the barrier shortly after 6am.

Warnings were also issued for high winds on the Skye Bridge, icy conditions on the B833 and freezing conditions on the A83 at Tarbert.

In the north of England, icy conditions were believed to have led to the death of a lorry driver on the A160 in north Lincolnshire. The driver lost control of his white Scania vehicle at about 4.14am on Monday.

Chris Burton, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said that while northern areas can expect more snowfall, none is expected further south.

Temperatures are set to rise over the next couple of days, reaching a mild 12C to 13C on Thursday, before plummeting to as low as minus 4C in London on Friday night.


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