COMMUTERS have been advised to exercise caution as forecasters warn of fresh snowfall in East Renfrewshire.

Forecasters are warning of ice on untreated surfaces and frequent blustery showers of rain, sleet, snow and hail today.

Police Scotland said the weather could affect commutes and are advising drivers to leave their cars at home.

A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, began at 3am today.

It covers western, southern and northern areas of Scotland, including the Northern and Western Isles.

Head of Road Policing, Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, said: "Winter driving is a question of common sense and drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor.

"No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport.

"If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes .

"Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website."