- Scotland is in the grip of the 'worst snow and ice conditions since the 1960s'
- Transport Minister blames weather advice for 'not meeting requirements'
- Snow forces 100 children to spend the night in their school
- At least 13 people have now died across Britain in weather-related incidents
Thousands of desperate motorists were left stranded in their cars last night after heavy snow and freezing temperatures brought much of Scotland to a standstill.
Some travellers were stuck in their vehicles for more than 15 hours as Scotland bore the brunt of a fresh wave of ice and snow which left several major routes - including the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh - impassable.
The AA said yesterday was one of the busiest days in its history with around 24,000 breakdowns attended - up from 10,500 on a normal Monday.
Scotland's Transport Minister today claimed that the weather advice the authorities had been working on yesterday 'did not meet the requirements'.