Weather forecasters have issued a fresh warning for persistent snow in southern Scotland and north-east England with up to 20cm expected to fall.
Police are warning people not to travel in areas covered by the amber “be prepared” alert.
Almost around 200 motorists were forced to spend the night in their cars. Motorists and lorry drivers have been stranded overnight on the M74 after snow and ice brought treacherous driving conditions to Scotland.
As per reports, mountain rescue teams were drafted in to check on drivers, many of whom were stuck in their vehicles for several hours.
A spokesman said: “Sustained wintry conditions have been experienced overnight, particularly on the M74 between J12 and J15. Various incidents have occurred, often relating to HGVs losing traction on steep gradients.
Yellow snow and ice warnings are also in place for northern England and Northern Ireland and much of Wales.Police Scotland warned there is a high risk of disruption for journeys and said drivers of HGVs should drive with extreme caution.
Meanwhile Public Health England has issued health warnings in light of the cold weather, urging people to take extra care.
Forecaster Nicola Maxey told sources, “we have got a low pressure system crossing the UK. It will most likely cross a central area in the UK and the northern edge of that system has cold air wrapped around it so rainfall will fall as snow.
“That is why we have put out an amber warning for part of Scotland and northern England.” She added.
Forecasters warned the winds could reach 70mph across northern England and Wales on Wednesday evening – and potentially could be another named storm.
Many schools were closed in parts of Scotland, while public transport has been disrupted by the weather.
Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf told MSPs at Holyrood that following a new Met Office amber warning for Wednesday evening, Police Scotland were upgrading their travel warning from stage three to a stage four.
“That in practice means that all travel should be avoided on those parts of the trunk road affected by the amber warning, namely south and south-west Scotland for the duration of the amber warning.” He said.
All schools in the Borders were closed along with 16 secondary schools, 58 primaries and 44 nurseries in the Highlands were shut.
All prelim exams scheduled to take place in North Lanarkshire secondary schools on Thursday have also been postponed.
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