It has issued yellow warnings of both snow and ice, and wind. The snow and ice warnings are set to affect regions of Scotland, including Grampian; Highlands & Eilean Siar; Central, Tayside & Fife. It warned: “Frequent snow showers and icy stretches are expected on Tuesday, leading to travel disruption, particularly for higher routes.”
The forecaster has also issued a yellow warning of wind, which will affect Orkney & Shetland and Grampian.
The wind could reach up to 80mph in some places, leading to difficult conditions.
It said: “An area of strong north or northwesterly winds is expected to strengthen during Tuesday morning bringing gusts of 60-70 mph to exposed coastal parts of northern Scotland.
“A brief period of gusts of 75-80 mph is possible for Orkney and Caithness around lunchtime on Tuesday.
“The winds will then gradually ease from the northwest during the late afternoon and into the evening.
“The strong winds will also drive frequent wintry showers across these areas and whilst accumulations are likely to be small the showers will exacerbate difficult conditions.”
The Met Office said that the severe weather, which is set to hit the UK tomorrow, may lead to travel disruption.
It said that areas affected by the wind can expect “Some delays to road, air and ferry transport”; “delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges” and “some short term loss of power and other services”.
It added that “coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves, and there is a risk of coastal flooding in some places.”
The Met Office said that up to 10-15cm of snow are possible in higher areas.
It said: “Showers, accompanied by strong winds, will become increasingly frequent and wintry through Tuesday at all levels, before dying away Wednesday morning.
“Below 100 m, accumulations are most likely to be temporary and slushy.
“Above 200 m 2-5 cm is likely in places with 10-15 cm possible on higher routes.
“Icy stretches are also expected in associated with these showers, particularly where they fall as sleet to low levels.
“In combination with winds gusting 50 to 60 mph at times temporary blizzard conditions and some drifting of snow on higher level routes is likely.”