GALLERY SPECIAL: West End battens down hatches as the Beast arrives from the east

By Ian Marland at

Well, the forecasts were right – and the snow has brought wintry conditions to the city.

All schools were closed for the day, along with some attractions and a number of local businesses.

But many others went about the day as normal.

Byres Road - morning rush hour

Waitrose remains open

University Avenue

Snow-covered statue in Kelvingrove Park

Freezing cherubs - Kelvingrove Park

Clarence Drive

Highland cows - photo credit: Adam West

Rail disruption - Hyndland Railway Station

In Kelvingrove Park, local people tried their hand at snowboarding while dogs enjoyed running around in the white stuff.

The Met Office has issued a Red Alert for much of the central belt.

The next 24-hours promises to bring even more snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Beast and East and snow

Igloo: snow brought spectacular sights to the city centre. Photo credit: Alisdair Woodbury

Meanwhile, homeless charities have been calling for people to look out for vulnerable people living in the open.

Social media has been full of snow pictures and images of the West End transformed overnight.

Snowboarders take to the slopes at Kelvingrove Park. Video courtesy of Ali MacGregor/ @AliMacG

On the roads and rail, transport has been running, with some delays.

The Subway said it was business as usual and bus services have been running.

Beast and east and snow

Snow zone: Council staff try to keep the pavements clear. Photo credit: Tom Hamilton

At Hyndland Station, customers were resigned to extensive delays and disruptions.

Road gritters have been out during the morning trying to keep the main roads clear in the west of the city.