The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Scotland as snow and ice are expected to sweep across the eastern regions, with some areas further inland to be affected, over the weekend and into next week.
Scotland’s main cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness are all expected to be affected by the freezing conditions.
An amber warning for snow is currently in place for the Highlands, western Aberdeenshire and Angus with totals of ten to 15cm of snowfall possible at low-level in places and 20 to 30cm in higher areas.
The warning is expected to last until Saturday midday and confirms some high ground land exposed to strong easterly winds could see as much as 50 cm of snow.
Yellow warnings for snow and ice continue into Sunday for most of the country with cold air and snow showers pushing inland from the North Sea.
Areas in Scotland above 200m are predicted to see about ten to 15 cm of snow on the ground and warnings of slippery conditions are in place due to the extended period of freezing temperatures.
The cold spell is predicted to last into next week for the east of Scotland, with other council areas affected further inland including Glasgow and Stirling, as the yellow weather warning remains in place for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Forecasters warn the snowy conditions and freezing temperatures will bring a risk of icy pavements and motorists have been warned that journey times may be delayed.
On Friday The Scotsman reported about 20 drivers had to be rescued after heavy snow buried roads in the north of Scotland.
Emergency services assisted the motorists after their vehicles became trapped on the A835 between Ullapool and Garve.
Weather experts have also warned of disruption to rail services due to snowfall which has brought travel in some areas to a standstill.
Heavy snowfall on the rail track between Carrbridge to Blair Atholl on Thursday caused disruption to train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow to Inverness.