On a motorway near Glasgow a lorry driver was killed after two 40-tonne tankers crashed on Scotland’s M73. Another driver was injured in a crash in Perthshire.

Travel problems mounted after six inches of snow fell in some areas, accompanied by ice and strong winds. According to transport minister Keith Brown, 130 gritters were out in Scotland overnight using 3,000 tonnes of salt.

Black ice continues to be a hazard across much of the UK drivers have been warned to be careful.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-west England.

Snow is expected to continue falling in the Shetlands and Orkney where winds may reach gale force. The combination of gales and wet snow may lead to power supply interruptions, the Met Office said.

In the north-east of England snow is possible over high ground and icy patches are likely to form.

Travellers have been told to expect disruption to transport networks in these regions.

The cold snap is expected to let up soonest in London and the south and the odds of a white Christmas remain low for most of the UK.

 Get more info here: metoffice.gov.uk