MUCH of Scotland is to continue to be hit by snow and ice on Wednesday after the big freeze caused commuter chaos today.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning valid till at least 11am on Wednesday warning of further ice and potential snow showers.

Forecasters predict temperatures to plummet to -7C in Braemar, Aberdeenshire at dawn on Wednesday and expect further sub zero temperatures on Wednesday night.

The Met Office has warned that ice is expected to form in places later on Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday, especially where wintry showers leave surfaces wet.

The yellow warnings are in place along the west coastlines, with the east largely clear. Snow was expected in the western Highlands.

The forecaster spokesman said: "Further hail, sleet and snow showers are also likely at times. Accumulations of several centimetres are likely in places, mainly above 200 metres."

A spokesman added: "There is a warning for ice because lots of areas are very wet under foot especially untreated roads and pavements. But it is expected the ice will melt at 11am."

Areas that get rain, snow or showers during Wednesday, primarily north west Scotland might get another ice warning.

Police Scotland said that snow which hit commuters on Scotland's major motorways on Tuesday resulted in 125 road crash incidents between 7am and 10am.

A three-vehicle crash on the A82, in Glencoe, closed the road in both directions for several hours, while Traffic Scotland warned of several weather conditions affecting the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Oban ground to a halt as the main routes in and out of the tourist town were shut down on Tuesday morning.

Elsewhere heavy snowfall caused traffic queues northbound on the M74 near Larkhall, also causing tailbacks on the M77.

In Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, a truck overturned near a railway bridge at Flemington Roundabout, causing delays in the local area – though police confirmed no one had been injured.

A fleet of 32 gritting vehicles were in operation in south-west Scotland where Transerv described conditions as "baltic".

Meanwhile Police Scotland and Traffic Scotland urged drivers to take care in the adverse weather and slippery roads.

Stornoway Airport warned of possible delays due to snow.

The morning flight to Benbecula was cancelled and flights to Edinburgh were delayed. Several flights to Glasgow Airport were diverted due to heavy snow on the runway on Tuesday morning.

Several schools were closed due to the bad weather - Durness Primary, Kinlochbervie High School and Kinlochbervie Primary in the Highlands.