The Met Office has issued a warning for snow and ice to hit the north of Scotland tonight.
Its yellow ‘Be Aware’ alert comes into force from 6pm tonight till 11am tomorrow morning and covers Grampian and the Highlands and islands.
Icy patches are likely to develop on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths or where showers cause wash off on treated roads.
Wintry showers will bring an additional hazard and may lead to 2 to 5 cm of snow accumulating on ground above 100 m, primarily over northern Scotland and northeast England. Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
The chief forecaster’s assessment reads: “The extent of ice will vary across the area with inland areas most prone whilst coastal areas are less likely to be affected. 2 to 5 cm of snow may accumulate above about 100 m, with smaller amounts at lower levels.”
Motorists faced treacherous conditions in many parts of the north this morning with the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee being closed due to snow for a short while.
Meanwhile in Inverurie, children discovered they were getting a day at home after their school was closed.
Aberdeenshire Council announced Uryside School would be closed to everyone to a fault with its heating.
However the arrival of the winter season has been welcomed by snowsports lovers.
Dozens of skiers flocked to the slopes of Glencoe Mountain yesterday to enjoy a “great” first official day of the new season.
And other main ski centres hope to have their first runs open in a matter of days too if there are further snow showers.