SNOW has already caused disruption to the Borders this morning - and forecasters warn of much worse to come this week.

Up to 10 centimetres of snow fell overnight in the higher parts of the region.

And a Yellow Warning remains in place for the rest of today with a further five centimetres to fall during showers.

But from 6am tomorrow, through to noon on Thursday, an Amber Warning will be in force for up to 20 centimetres of snow.

There is also a risk of lightning during tomorrow, which may affect power supplies.

All schools are open today and, at the moment, all roads are passable with care.

A decision on school closures for tomorrow and Thursday will be made this evening.

Scottish Borders Council chief executive Tracey Logan said: "This week appears to be one of the most challenging we have experienced in recent years, with heavy, drifting snow and very low temperatures having the potential to cut off rural communities.

“However, we are prepared, with salt stockpiled and gritting crews ready to do their best to keep main routes open across the Borders.

"Due to the severe conditions, it maybe that many minor and side roads are not cleared until the primary routes are."

Everyone who has to travel over the next couple of days is reminded to take precautions.

Drivers should be fully prepared to be self-resilient, carrying items such as medication if required, warm clothes, a fully charged mobile phone and a shovel.

Ms Logan added: “We would ask Borders residents to make sure they are fully prepared for the winter weather, and should keep up to date with the latest information.

“Due to the prolonged adverse weather expected, people are also asked to check on elderly or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, assisting wherever possible.”