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Daytime temperatures will vary from just above freezing to around 6 °C, and with strong winds continuing to affect much of the country, wind chill will make it feel bitterly cold.

Strong winds and coastal gales in the Western Isles on Thursday and Friday are also expected to lead to large waves.

Met Office deputy chief forecaster Chris Bulmer said: "On Friday conditions will be cold enough for any showers that we do see to fall as snow across the country.

“The most frequent showers and greatest risk of snow settling, which may cause disruption, will be for areas exposed to a north to northwesterly winds.

“There is still some uncertainty regarding the precise wind direction later in the week and this will be key to determining where the largest snow accumulations will be.”

 

Gales and cold snap forecast

4 December 2017

Freezing temperatures accompanied by northerly gales are set to affect the Western Isles later this week say forecasters.

On Tuesday the winds start to pick up in northern Scotland as a low pressure system approaches the UK from the west.

This system will then bring a spell of heavy rain and strong winds for much of the country on Wednesday and into Thursday.

As the low pressure system passes to the north of Scotland it will draw down cold air and by Friday the whole of the UK is expected to be under the influence of an Arctic Maritime air mass.