THERE were fears the Beast from the East would return with a vengeance as parts of Scotland woke up to fresh snow.

But by last night an amber warning for snow was over and the forecast for this morning was for rain.

Yesterday fresh snowfall brought more travel disruption to Scotland with delays on the M8, M80, M74 and M77 motorways affected by sleet and snow during the morning rush hour while some schools opened later than usual.

It comes as the country was largely returning to normal after "the Beast from the East".

Glasgow City Council said it would be informing staff this morning that no pay or annual leave would be docked from employees who were unable to make it to work last week.

At the same time a fair work charter for workers affected by severe weather will be drawn up following concerns staff were placed at "unnecessary risk" during last week's snowstorms.

The pledge was made after Nicola Sturgeon met with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).

The First Minister and STUC released a joint statement saying they shared a "real concern" about workers being compelled to travel to work during the red weather alert warning of risk to life.

They said: "We are grateful to the people of Scotland who have coped tremendously well with the red weather warning and who heeded the advice not to travel.

"However, the Scottish Government and the STUC share a real concern that some workers were placed at unnecessary risk through being compelled to travel to work or placed under threat of lost pay if they did not make it into work.

"We are committed to doing everything within our current powers to encourage employers to be fair and flexible.

"That is why we have agreed to collaboratively develop a fair work charter focusing on the treatment of workers affected by severe weather or other emergencies."

People had been told not to drive from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning across the central belt, with the travel network largely paralysed due to heavy snow.

Most schools reopened on Monday after three days of closure but Midlothian and South Lanarkshire councils said on Tuesday that schools will open later than usual to allow more travel time in the snow.

Trains have reported a near-normal operation but some services have been hit by flooding.

Work is also continuing to clear roads in parts of Fife and Stirlingshire that were cut off by the snow.

The latest weather front is expected to work its way north throughout Tuesday.

Temperatures are set to reach a high of five degrees today and heavy rain expected.