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Weather warnings as snow moves in

Parts of the UK have been hit by sleet and snow showers, with forecasters warning of more to come overnight and into Monday.

The Met Office has issued "be prepared" amber warnings for the Highlands, Strathclyde, Tayside and the south-west of Scotland.

Up to 15cm of snow could fall on high ground, with between 1cm and 3cm on low level inland areas.

Parts of England and Wales are also likely to see wintry weather continuing, with snow forecast on high ground in north Wales and northern England.

Tayside Police said they dealt with several accidents in the Perth and Kinross area where cars left the road due to icy conditions.

Meanwhile a number of roads in northern Scotland were affected by snow and ice.

Northern Constabulary reported a loss of 999 call service in the Rosehall area of Lairg in Sutherland, affecting 176 telephone lines. It was thought to be due to the weather conditions.

Transport Scotland activated a full Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) involving all of its transport partners including rail, road and Strathclyde Police.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "We've already seen some wintry weather across much of Scotland and, while it is not as severe as this time last year, we cannot afford to be complacent and with some treacherous icy conditions forecast overnight, I will be in the control centre tonight and tomorrow to stay up to speed with preparations.

"With this weather set to continue, a fleet of gritters and winter patrols will be out throughout the night to treat roads where required. While we are all working hard to keep Scotland moving, it's important the public play their part too."


From Belfast Telegraph