The Met Office has has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice in northern Scotland that will last until midnight tomorrow. Some of the areas affected include Inverness, Tobermory and Fort William. The Met Office also warned of travel chaos and potential injuries due to the wintry weather.
The forecaster said to expect: “Some roads and railways affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
“Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
“Icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
Snow maps from Net Weather, which uses a global forecast system to generate its predictions, also show widespread swirling lines of red, green and yellow sweeping over the UK from the Arctic tonight.
The maps also show there will be at least 7cm of snow and temperatures as low as -2C.
Net Weather forecaster Jo Farrow said: “Many areas are well down in single figures this morning with Ice warnings for northern Britain and Northern Ireland.
“South east England starts Monday with around 7C with more cloud and rain showers.
“Further north and west there are large clusters of showers moving in from the Atlantic.
She said: “With air temperatures around zero and just above for the north, Monday starts with the risk of ice and wintry showers, although still of rain at low levels.
“The main area for these showers today will be NW Highlands and the Scottish Islands.
“There will be a few for Wales and Northern Ireland, also Cumbria but much of the northern half of the UK just has a fair but chilly day with a noticeable south western wind.
“For Monday night a low centre will develop. This is a secondary low from a large low pressure near to Iceland.
“It begins to develop tonight over Ireland and heads over northern Britain then out into the North Sea.”
And there will be showers or longer spells of rain for many, especially for western regions of the UK tonight, according to forecaster Meteogroup.
It said: “The showers will fall as snow over northern hills and possibly to some lower levels too. Clear spells will be limited with the best of the clearer spells towards dawn.
“On Tuesday, the showers will continue into tomorrow, these particularly in the north and west, though there will also be some along the south coast.
“Some of the showers will be heavy and fall as snow over hills, especially for northern parts of the UK.
“There will be sunny spells for most on Wednesday, though it will be cloudier in Scotland with outbreaks of rain, especially in northern Scotland.
“A band of rain will push up from the south-west on Thursday leaving many rather cloudy and damp, though some sunny spells are possible in the afternoon.”