SIBERIAN temperatures will blast Scotland this week with the mercury set to plunge to a low of minus 20ºC (minus 4ºF).
Forecasters said the "brutal" cold snap gripping the country was about to get worse, with blizzards bringing snowdrifts of more than 16ins (40cm) in some areas.
School closures, flight delays and travel chaos lie ahead with roads and rail lines expected to be made impassable by snow and ice.
The coldest place in Scotland overnight on Saturday was Loch Glascarnoch, in the Highlands, at minus 15.3C.
Michael Dukes, the forecast manager with MeteoGroup, said the picture across Scotland was "horrendous". He added:
"This is one of the most severe November cold spells we've ever had."
The cold snap was welcomed by skiers, with around 1,500 yesterday taking to the slopes at CairnGorm Mountain resort near Aviemore. However the Lecht snow centre at Strathdon had to close after roads were blocked by drifting snow.
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