More than 200 motorists and lorry drivers were stranded in their vehicles overnight after heavy snow and ice brought treacherous driving conditions to Scotland.
Mountain rescue teams were drafted in to help motorists stuck in their vehicles for up to 11 hours on the M74 after a snowstorm into the early hours of Wednesday.
More than a foot (36cm) of snow was recorded in Eskdalemuir, Glenanne in Co Armagh had 9in (23cm), while Tulloch Bridge in Inverness saw (8.2in) 21cm of snow overnight, with temperatures as low as -4C. Elsewhere across England and Wales, the mercury did not widely reach above 2C.
Police Scotland closed parts of the M74 in Lanarkshire in both directions due to wintry conditions for several hours overnight – with tailbacks stretching 12 miles southbound and seven miles northbound at one stage.
As gritters were forced to work around several jack-knifed lorries, drivers described how the impatience of some other motorists was making conditions worse as they were losing control of their vehicles.