BREAKING: Met Office WEATHER WARNING now RED as 'communities could be CUT OFF ...

Met Office issues red weather warningGettyThe weather body upgraded the amber warning to red

The weather body upgraded the amber warning to red after forecasting that “heavy snow showers” will hit parts of Scotland and could cut off “some communities for several days”.

The warning reads: “Heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow in the strong easterly winds will become more widespread across the area later on Wednesday afternoon, through the evening and overnight into Thursday.

“Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers. Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected. Some communities could become cut off for several days. Long interruptions to power supplies and other services.”

Mrs Sturgeon emphasised the warning for Scottish residents by urging people to avoid travel.

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She tweeted: “The Met Office’s high impact amber warning will remain in place throughout Thursday until 6pm - the advice continues to be don’t travel unless unavoidable.”

Traffic on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling was brought to a complete standstill as the horrific conditions continued to bring travel chaos across the country.

Scotland’s minister for transport, Humza Yousaf, declared that emergency services are working to ensure conditions improve but urged travellers to avoid travel at all costs or risk being “stranded of many hours”.

He explained: “We have a couple priorities we are working on, clearly one is to recover the situation on the M80 and we have started to make progress on that but of course the relentless snowfall is still making that

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