A COLD, northerly airflow will affect the Highlands on Sunday with snow showers and strong winds forecasted.

Snow and ice warnings have been issued by the Met Office and are in place from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday morning.

The warning initially covers the Highlands, but from Monday, extends to cover Shetland and Orkney.

The Met Office says 2-5cm of snow is possible and up to 10cm over high ground in Scotland, with showers becoming more widespread with more significant snow in more populated areas.

From 10am until 4pm on Sunday, a warning has also been issued for strong winds in the Highlands.

The National:

Disruption is expected, along with wintry showers.

Some delays to road, air and ferry transport along with bus services. Some journeys may take longer  and it’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

The Office also expects some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

Temperatures are expected to fall well below zero with some parts of Scotland and northern England expecting temperatures as low as -10C.

In Northern Ireland, a warning is in place from 3am on Sunday until  midnight on Monday, with up to 5cm of snow over high ground expected.