At around 10pm, the 49-year-old legal commercial director said: “Everything was going well until just after Gleneagles, then we hit the traffic jam at 5.05pm and have been here ever since. So what do you do when you’re stuck all night on the M80 in Scotland? Clearly, play footie with other drivers. pic.twitter.com/uhJQZs9bT0— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) March 1, 2018 “It’s not too bad. We are in the car and we are warm. There’s not much to look at, it’s like a car park. I saw the mountain rescue about four or five hours ago coming past with water. So there have been people with supplies.”Supt Helen Harrison called on motorists to avoid travel in areas affected by the red warning and an amber warning that will remain in place across much of Scotland until 6pm.Meanwhile, forecasters warned lying snow could reach 15 inches in some places with much of central Scotland at a standstill.Glasgow Airport remains closed with the earliest flights likely to be after 3pm while airlines not flying from Edinburgh Airport won Thursday include BA, Ryanair, easyJet, KLM, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Rail services are also seriously disrupted, with none operating in the red area before 10am on Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: @metoffice high impact AMBER warning has been extended until 10am tomorrow (Friday 2 March). The advice to the general public is do not travel unless unavoidable. https://t.co/HEG2DYSTO6— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 1, 2018 Drivers had been urged by police officers and by the Scottish Government to stay at home and avoid all but “absolutely essential” journeys. Why is a driver texting in to BBC Scotland that they have been stuck on the M80 since 7pm last night? What part of the met office red weather warning did he not get? What part of the transport Minister’s message didn’t he listen to?#eejits— MaidenScotland #fbpe (@lucasradiby) March 1, 2018 Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight on one of Scotland’s busiest nights as a red alert for snow remained in place across the central belt.Around 1,000 vehicles came to a standstill in an eight-mile tailback at the height of the problems on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling.Traffic stranded on the route on Wednesday afternoon began moving again at around 2am on Thursday, but came soon came to a halt again with drivers stuck again around Junction 9 during the rush hour.Some motorists have been in their cars for up to 13 hours in as emergency responders and local residents delivered water and snacks in blizzard conditions near Cumbernauld.Traffic first came to a halt on Wednesday soon after the Met Office issued Scotland’s first red alert for snow, lasting from 3pm on Wednesday to 10am on Thursday, as the “beast from the east” blew in. Vehicles at a standstill overnight on the M80Credit:PA Many drivers took to social media to criticise HGV drivers whose vehicles could not cope with the steeper sections of the M80.Graeme Murray left Aberdeen at 2.45pm with his daughter Ella, 16, who was hoping to catch a flight to Dublin from Glasgow for an under-17s netball competition. Around 200 people stuck overnight at Glasgow Airport had British Red Cross bedding delivered to them.Hospitals, including all those in the Glasgow area, have cancelled all non-essential operations and outpatient appointments on Thursday. Virgin Trains has closed all its routes to and from Scotland throughout the day.Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Transport Minister, said the advice in the affected areas – with an amber warning now extended to 10am on Friday – was “do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary to do so”.He added: ”Even after the red warning is lifted, large parts of Scotland will still be subject to high level amber weather warnings for snow. This should not be underestimated.”An amber warning means there is a real possibility that vehicles and drivers will become stranded – something that we have already seen happen during this period of snow.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We have no idea what’s happening, we’re just getting messages from home.I think we’re going to get ready to spend the night here.”Mr Murray said people from the local area had been walking up and down the motorway offering chocolate biscuits and hot drinks which was “very welcome”.Nicola Lee told the BBC she had been stuck on the motorway overnight with traffic still at a standstill early on Thursday.