Snow, heavy rain and strong winds are expected to strike as two weather fronts are predicted to hit the country in quick succession.
Cold temperatures overnight and a weather front moving in from Northern Ireland could bring icy driving conditions on Thursday.
This weather is expected to gradually clear to make way for a second weather front coming from the south which is expected to hit the country with heavy rain and winds reaching speeds of up to 70mph in parts of the north east.
Yellow "be aware" warnings have been issued in parts of the country for wintry conditions on Thursday while a yellow warning for rain has been issued across Scotland for a 24-hour period from 6am on Friday. Orkney, Shetland and the north east have also been issued a similar alert for wind.
Matthew Dobson, senior forecaster for the Press Association's weather division, MeteoGroup, said: "Untreated surfaces could be slippery on Thursday morning after a cold night with temperatures recorded as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius in the highlands and - minus 2 in Glasgow.
"There will be a thin covering of snow in the west with Ayrshire being the most likely place for snow where as much as 5cm might fall. That clears away slowly northwards through the evening before a front from the south brings a change.
"At the start of Friday there could be freezing drizzle but this will sweep northwards bringing rain. There will also be strong wind in places which will reach its peak on Friday evening when Orkney and Shetland may have winds of up to 70mph.
"On the Aberdeenshire coast wind speeds will be over 50mph and below 45mph elsewhere."
While the temperatures have been slightly milder in recent days this wave of weather fronts will lower temperatures significantly.
Mr Dobson added: "This will bring wind chill that will give a really raw feeling."