Weather warning as snow and 55mph winds to batter Scotland
Blizzard conditions expected to hit the country this week, with lightning predicted in some areas.
Scotland is braced for blizzard conditions, with snow and winds of up to 55mph expected to batter parts of the country this week.
The Met Office has issued a yellow be aware warning for wind and snow from Wednesday evening.
Snow has already reached higher ground and northern areas, with more expected in the coming days.
The wintry weather is expected to bite at the end of the week when strong, with gusts of up to 55mph expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills.
Sleet and snow showers are due to increase by the weekend, with motorists warned to take extra care, particularly on roads on higher ground such as the A9 and A82.
Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, while up to 20cm of snow could accumulate on higher ground.
Temperatures are not forecast to be particularly extreme for this time of year, however.
STV's weather presenter Alex Hill said: "There will be very strong winds and lots of wintry showers at about 1000ft today. As we head towards the end of the week, it becomes all about where the shelter lies.
"By Friday, the winds are virtually straight down from the north so showers are likely on the hills and mountains in north Scotland.
"We'll get a fair amount of sleet and snow at least as far south as Stirling, but penetrating into the central low levels will be difficult. Winds will be particularly strong."
Scottish regional airline Loganair, which operates under a Flybe franchise, said it is offering customers the chance to change their travel arrangements between Wednesday and Friday due to the adverse weather predicted.
The airline said passengers culd re-book an alternative flight within the next seven days as ", it is likely there will be some disruption to air travel on routes within Scotland."