Scotland's weather: Travel advice issued as 'arctic blast' arrives in UK, with snow and ice forecast

Motorists could face treacherous conditions on the roads as an Arctic blast hits the UK, with temperatures set to plummet to “as low as minus 10C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week”.

The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings for snow and ice for parts of Scotland and across the UK over the next few days, with extended yellow weather warnings in place for snow and ice throughout the week.

Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times expected, the warning read adding that Icy conditions may result in some slips and falls and there may be icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

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The RAC has also urged people to keep blankets in their vehicles in case they break down in icy conditions.

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Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “As an Arctic maritime airmass settles across the UK, temperatures will fall with widespread overnight frosts, severe in places, and daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing.

“However, the cold air from the Arctic will also bring brighter conditions, with some dry, sunny spells, particularly away from the coast and where winds are light it could feel pleasant in the sunshine. Some patchy freezing fog is also likely.

“Showers will turn more wintry with an increasing risk of snow as the week progresses, particularly in coastal areas or over higher ground.

“There will be widespread frosts with temperatures falling to as low as minus 10C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week.”

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With temperatures plummeting this week, many drivers might be taken aback by the cold after an exceptionally mild autumn.

“Our advice is to be winter ready – check tyres are properly inflated and with good tread, while topping up oil, coolant and screen wash levels if needed.

Drivers with older batteries in their cars might also wish to give their vehicle a 20-minute drive before colder conditions arrive to ensure the battery can cope with sub-zero temperatures.

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“It’s also worth having a fully charged mobile phone and carrying a blanket in case of a breakdown to keep warm.”

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert covering England from Wednesday evening.