Snow is likely to fall in Glasgow this weekend with temperatures plummeting to below freezing across the UK.

A low pressure weather system developing in the Atlantic is set to clash with cold air across the UK, which could see rainfall turning to snow in some parts.

The Met Office said there was still uncertainty about how far the snow could extend with around 20cm predicted across the Scottish Highlands and a rainy start to Saturday morning expected to turn into "snow inland".

A forecaster from the Met Office said: "Across central and eastern parts it will be colder than average, looking at highs between four and six degrees by day.

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"At night time, we'll see temperatures hitting freezing tonight and then see temperatures drop below freezing tomorrow."

High winds are also expected to sweep across the country, reaching between 40mph and 45mph. Forecasters said the winds will ease for a time on Friday but pick up again over the weekend due to the low pressure system.

Forecasters said the North East of England was likely to see adverse weather conditions due to the boundary of warm and cold air.

It is anticipated the Met Office on Thursday will issue initial warnings of rain, sleet and snow for affected areas.

"We'll see things turn a bit colder as we go through to the end of the week, Friday will be a cold day," the Met Office said.

Looking ahead to the festive period, forecasters said the weather had the potential to be unsettled.