DRIVERS have been advised not to travel on East Renfrewshire's roads tonight after the Met Office forecasted severe weather for the region.

Snow showers are expected to batter Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor between 9pm and 5am tomorrow morning as a stage four amber warning was issued for the area.

Police Scotland has warned any motorists who take to the roads are likely to experience delays of several hours or more.

The force also stressed congestion caused by vehicles may restrict emergency, recovery or winter maintenance vehicles from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.

HGV drivers are asked to drive with extreme caution and be aware they may be requested to park at a suitable position by police.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing, said: "Weather conditions over the last few days have been extremely challenging, and this forecast of even more extreme conditions over the next day or so in these areas mean that we have to advise drivers to avoid travelling, and if they do, to expect severe delays of several hours or more.

"We urge people to think very seriously as to whether their journey is really necessary and is worth the risk, and if they decide they really have to travel, to be fully prepared to be self-resilient. If you need medication for example, ensure you have it with you.

"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."

The Met Office has forecasted stage four amber warnings for much of central and southern.

Other affected areas are: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian.

Visit the Traffic Scotland website to stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts.