Over the next day and a half Scotland will go through a transition period from colder to milder conditions which will bring a spell of snow to some spots before turning back to rain during Friday.
Overnight showery rain, sleet and snow will spread into the south of Scotland, with snow falling to low levels briefly before turning to rain during the early hours.
Snow will fall for longer over higher towns and villages such as Peebles, Houndslow, West Linton, Biggar, Forth and possibly Penicuik.
But even in these areas we shouldn’t see more than a few centimetres before it turns to rain on Friday morning.
Further north, snow will be more of an issue during Friday morning as it’ll take a little longer for the milder conditions to set in.
Across the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and parts of Angus there could be a few centimetres of snow at low levels, but several centimetres in higher spots such as Lentran, Redburn, Dufftown and Grantown.
The main focus on Friday will be in the south and east Grampians where heavy snowfall could bring up to 20cm in the worst spots along with drifting snow as the winds pick up.
The worst will likely be the higher areas of west Aberdeenshire, southern Moray, northern Angus and also western Perthshire.
This could cover villages such as Tomintoul, Braemar, Balmoral, Kildrummy and the Glenshee Ski Centre.
This means the A93 could see some disruptive snowfall for a time, and perhaps the A846 around Loch Rannoch.
For all parts, snow will turn to rain by Saturday with temperatures for much of the country returning to around an average of 6C to 8C.
With snowdrops and tulips starting to poke out of the ground some may be thinking of spring, but it doesn’t look like this is the last chilly spell of the season with a generally colder outlook looking likely for late February and into March, so don’t put the grit and gloves away just yet…
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