A yellow warning for snow has been issued for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, with up to four centimetres expected to fall.
The Met office has warned that a band of rain, sleet and snow will move south across northern and eastern Scotland from 4pm on Friday.
The snow will mainly affect high ground at first but will fall to lower levels on Friday night. One to four centimetres is likely at some lower levels but with five to 10 above 150m, with drifting in the strong to gale force north or northwesterly winds.
Severe gales with gusts to 60mph could bring a short period of blizzard conditions to the highest routes later Friday evening and overnight. The more persistent snow and strong winds will have cleared by Saturday morning but ice will be an additional hazard by then, particularly for higher level routes.
There is a strong likelihood of difficult driving conditions and some travel disruption.