More cold temperatures are forecast tonight and tomorrow (Saturday January 19th), following the snow earlier in the week.

Police Scotland have advised drivers to plan their journeys, have a scraper ready for clearing windows and to drive with care.

The unexpected sudden fall of snow on Wednesday morning(January 16th) hit drivers with challenging conditions, especially on the stretch of road between Stornoway and Leurbost.

Dozens of drivers were lucky to escape without injury as they battled against sudden blizzard conditions and slippery roads during the rush hour, with three traffic incidents reported to police within one hour.

Stornoway police were first called to the Halfway Garage outside Leurbost at 8.10am, to a report of a collision between two vehicles.

While dealing with that incident, they had a report that at least five cars were stuck on the road at Cameron Terrace and unable to move forwards or backwards

Gritters were sent to the scene from both directions, at least one gritter also becoming stuck on the icy road.

At 9.10am a third accident was reported between two cars on the Lochs road, four miles outside Stornoway.

No-one was injured in any of the incidents and snowploughs were able to reopen the road by 9.30am,