The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for snow and strong gales which will cause disruption in Scotland while Northern Ireland has an alert for ice
The Met Office is warning of snow and strong winds set to hit Britain on Thursday and into the coming days.
Scotland especially has been warned to brace for winter weather as snow and strong winds are set to sweep across the country.
A yellow weather warning for snow is in place until 11am on Thursday, the Met Office has said, with forecasters warning of potential disruption to travel.
The main areas affected include Central, Tayside and Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Highlands and Grampian.
Accumulations of one to two inches of snow are possible in areas above 200 meters elevation, with possibly about four inches on some of the higher routes above 400 meters.
Northern Ireland is also under a yellow warning for ice until 10am.
Weather experts said at lower levels there is risk of icy and slushy surfaces which could cause dangerous travel conditions.
A separate yellow weather warning for strong gale force winds is in place for the same areas from Thursday at 3am until 12pm.
Forecasters warned the brief period of severe westerly winds will develop across the Western Isles at first, bringing gusts up to 70-75 mph, with the Uists most likely to see the strongest winds.
The blustery weather will then shift eastwards, with likes typically reaching about 50mph, and 60mph in some locations, according to the Met Office.
Weather experts said while such wind speeds are not unusual for the time of year in Scotland, recently weakened trees and structures from the impact of Storm Corrie and Storm Malik may mean further damage in some areas is likely.
Travel watchdog Traffic Scotland and Bear Scotland, which manages and maintains trunk roads for Transport Scotland, echoed the warnings and asked motorists to take care when traveling under the winter conditions.
Temperatures are expected to plummet to below zero by 6am this Friday.
WX Charts show the whole of England will see temperatures of 0C while Scotland and the Highlands will see bitterly cold weather.
Temperatures will plummet in the Highlands to -5C.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “The weather is about to take a turn for the worse and with temperatures set to plummet, we have slashed the odds on this February being the coldest since records began.
“We are well on the way to a winter of record snowfall too, with many parts of the UK destined for large amounts over the next week.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
Rain clearing southern England, then sunny spells for many southern and eastern areas. Rain and hill snow moving east across Scotland followed by winter showers in the north and west. Wales across Scotland, severe on coasts at first. Feeling cold.
A few winter showers in the north and west, elsewhere clearing skies allowing a widespread frost. Strong winds in the east slowly easing.
Most parts dry with plenty of sunshine, though feeling cold after a frosty start. Turning wet and windy in the far northwest later.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Spells of strong winds and rain southeast on Saturday. Wet and windy for all Sunday, though mild. Unsettled with showers or periods of rain thereafter. Becoming colder in the north.