MOTORISTS are facing a high risk of travel disruption after the Met Office upgraded its weather warning for East Renfrewshire.

An amber warning for snow and ice has been issued for the region, effective from 3pm today to 8am tomorrow morning. 

Heavy snow showers are expected to continue through the night.

Strong to gale-force winds are also expected over hilly areas before the weather makes a "gradual improvement" on Wednesday.

A Traffic Scotland spokesperson said: "Travel delays on roads are likely, as are public transport cancellations, and some vehicles may have become stranded, more especially on higher routes.

"There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.

"Some rural communities seem likely to become cut off. In addition roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries."

East Renfrewshire Council wrote on Facebook: "Our teams are working round the clock to ensure our priority routes are treated however we urge you to use your local grit bins and help yourself and your neighbours.

"Ensure you leave extra time to travel and check public transport websites for updates on their services.

"Grit bin locations and winter maintenance information can be found at"

Keep up with the latest travel updates via the Traffic Scotland website.