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It's snow over yet; JUST WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AFTER A DIFFICULT COMMUTE..Drivers trapped in cars as blizzard closes motorway.. and there's more on the way.

Byline: JENNIFER HYLAND jennifer.hyland@dailyrecord.co.uk

thundersnow, transport chaos and school closures yesterday as forecasters warned there is plenty more snow still to fall.

Met Office warnings were upgraded with more wintry weather expected across the country until the weekend.

Yesterday's snow caused train cancellations and road and airport closures.

In the worst incident, hundreds of motorists were trapped in their vehicles late into the night as both the north and southbound carriageways of the M74 through Lanarkshire were closed.

Angry travellers posted images on social media, with one tweeting: "This tanker on #M74 is skidding backwards and starting to jackknife."

Another said: "Moved a mile and a half and back to standstill, been at rest again for nearly another hour."

At around 5.15pm the southbound carriageway closed as Traffic Scotland warned drivers to used "extreme caution" then the northbound carriageway closed at 7.55pm at junction 15 (Beattock).

There were reports that mountain rescue teams were heading out to help the stranded drivers.

Dozens of minor accidents were also reported on roads including the A9, M9, M80, A720, M77, A7 and M73.

Traffic was slow on several parts of the M8 connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh.

On the A82, a car ended up on its roof near Dumbarton. The A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road was of skidding lorries that were unable to negotiate steep hills.

The A9 was shut in both directions near Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire, when a truck jack-knifed.

Train passengers were also hit by disruption. A points failure on the line at Airdrie disrupted services and the weather affected some trains to Glasgow as well as the Edinburgh to Helensburgh service and the Milngavie and Airdrie to Balloch service.

Flights at Glasgow airport were halted briefly around 7am to allow snow to be cleared from the runway and Inverness airport was closed to all flights until 11am due to the wintry conditions. Flights in and out of Aberdeen were also disrupted. More than 10,000 pupils had a day off as schools struggled with heating and transport problems.

More than 50 in the Highland Council area were shut, as were 20 around the Dumfries and Galloway area, nine in the Falkirk area and two in Stirling.

The Met Office issued an amber alert for south-west Scotland and parts of the central belt lasting until tomorrow morning. Up to eight inches of snow is forecast in Dumfries and Galloway, with two to four inches in Glasgow.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "We will continue to see further heavy showers and snow with the impacts being enough to cancel public transport, strand vehicles and cause power cuts."

Wind warnings were also issued as gusts of up to 80mph push a band of snow and rain through southern and central Scotland tonight into Thursday morning.

Tracking true grit

THE gritter network became unexpected stars yesterday thanks to an online tracker.

The vehicles, with names including Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Sir Andy Flurry, Ready Spready Go, Sir Salter Scott and Gritallica, were out in force across the major roads.

A full map of all snow-busting gritters can be seen at Traffic Scotland's Trunk Road Gritter Tracker.

CAPTION(S):

SPOTTED Sir Andy Flurry and friends

CLOGGED A gritter ploughs through snow near the M8 in West Lothian. Pic: Katielee Arrowsmith/ SWNS.com

HELPING HANDS Council workers dig out stuck drivers in Glasgow

FUN TIMES Dolly the Tibetan terrier at Braco Castle Lodge in Perthshire

OFF WE GO Time for some sledging

BLANKETED Car in Harthill, Lanarkshire

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT A cyclist leads the way in East Kilbride

DEDICATION Postie in Ballyoukan, Pitlochry

SLIDE AWAY This car has come a cropper on the A9 near the Braco junction

TRAPPED Drivers were stuck in their cars late last night as the M74 was closed in both directions

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE This buggy in Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, is totally coated
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