HILL snow, sleet, showers and gales are expected for parts Glasgow and its surrounding areas on Wednesday as the chilly snap keeps hold.

A yellow warning for hill snow on Monday morning for an area of southern Scotland has been issued by the Met Office, while flurries were seen down into the Midlands in the early hours.

Temperatures dipped below freezing across the board overnight and are expected to remain in single figures for most of the day as the wintry spell continues.

Forecasters said a deep area of low pressure is currently centred over the UK, bringing with it the potential to drive showers and produce long spells of wet and changeable weather.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “In the north of the UK there will be more persistent rain and hill snow today, particularly on higher ground in southern Scotland.

“There is a weather warning in force in those areas for until 10 o’clock. There could be some snow to lower levels, but essentially it’s a high-ground feature and it could cause some localised disruption over high routes.”

It covers parts of Dumfries and Galloway, East and West Lothian, East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire.

Up to 5cm of snow could accumulate above 200m and up to 10cm above 400m, the Met Office said.

The band of rain and hill snow will push eastwards through Wednesday, while Scotland is expected to see strong winds with coastal gales.

Little change in the conditions is expected for Thursday.

Hill snow will persist across high areas in the north.

There is an improving picture towards the weekend, with brighter, drier and warmer conditions expected for many parts on Friday and into the weekend.