Travel warning as Scotland braces itself for heavy snow
A yellow weather warning is set to come into force across the country at 4am on Saturday.
As Scotland prepares to brace itself for a weekend of wintry weather, police have issued a warning to those who intend to venture out during the cold snap.
A yellow weather warning is set to come into force at 4am on Saturday and will remain in place throughout the day until 9pm.
The warning covers the Central belt, Tayside, the Highlands, Grampian, Fife, Strathclyde, South West Scotland, the Lothians, and the Scottish Borders.
Temperatures are expected to plummet, with up to 10cm of snow falling on the highest land and a "complex mix" of rain and snow at lower levels.
The weather alert comes just days after Storm Gareth hit parts of the country with gales of 80mph.
STV Weather presenter Sean Batty said: "A deep low pressure system will cross England and Wales on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rain.
"In Scotland we'll stay in colder air and as this rain moves north it will readily turn to snow.
"Most people south of the Great Glen and away from coasts can expect some snow during Saturday, even to low levels.
"Snow at low levels such as the central belt will mainly accumulate in grassy areas, but settling of snow on roads and pavements will be lesser due to higher surface temperatures, after the warmer weather in February.
"Areas above 200 metres could see around d 2-6cm of snow settle, which will take in some of the higher roads of the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Stirlingshire, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perthshire.
"Above 400 metres there could be as much as 10cm settling as the system drifts north.
"By Sunday we'll be back to sunshine and scattered showers, most of these affecting the north where they will be wintry on the hills. Much milder air moves north early next week."
'If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours'Police Scotland
Police Scotland has advised that road conditions "may be hazardous and extra caution should be exercised".
Those heading out into the cold have also been urged to plan accordingly.
A spokesperson stated: "If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.
"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."