Parts of Scotland have been dusted with a sprinkling of snow as freezing temperatures arrive this week. 

The Met Office has released yellow weather warnings for hazardous conditions as the east coast, including Edinburgh, is hit by an icy blast from northern Scandinavia. 

Already, wintry scenes have appeared in town centres, with snow settling beside the Christmas tree in Braemar creating a festive feel.

In Aberdeenshire, the A939 between Corgarff and the Lecht has been closed due to snowfall, while refuse workers continued their duties in a flurry of snow in Ballater.

Warnings are currently in place from 5pm on Wednesday (November 29) until 11am on Thursday (November 30), and from 5pm on Thursday until 11am on Friday (December 1).

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The Met Office said: “Snow will begin to accumulate, especially away from windward coasts, with 1-3cm possible. Higher routes of north-east Scotland may see up to 5cm of snow accumulate.”

Disruption is likely on the roads and rails as wintry conditions set in, with travellers told to prepare for longer or delayed journeys. 

And pedestrians and drivers have been warned of ice causing slippery road and pavement services, which could lead to injuries from falls. 

More snow is expected to arrive over the next few days, with the Met Office predicting up to five centimetres of snow in north-eastern areas.

The Herald: Road closed sign on the A939 between Corgarff and the LechtRoad closed sign on the A939 between Corgarff and the Lecht (Image: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)

Daytime temperatures across Scotland are expected to drop to single-digit figures this week, with night temperatures plunging below freezing. 

In Edinburgh, temperatures could fall as low as -4°C in the early hours of Saturday morning (December 1), while Aberdeen could feel the pinch at -3°C beyond 9am on Saturday morning.

However, the snow is not expected to linger for long at the moment, as the ground temperatures are relatively high compared to later into the winter season. 

But frosty weather is expected to continue until well into next week as December arrives.