The Met Office predicts snow to hit the UK early this year, with a cold weather snap due as early as October in Scotland

As the nights draw in, the temperature is dropping signalling the official start of autumn. 

However, winter may be just around the corner as the forecasters suggest Scots could be in for snow on high grounds as the month draws to a close. 

Here's what you need to know about Scotland's snow forecast this winter...

When can we expect snow in Scotland this winter?

Higher areas in Scotland could see snow towards the end of October, according to Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst. 

"We’re likely to see some snowy weather in higher parts as October moves into November.

"Likely areas to be affected are the Scottish mountains as well as higher ground in northern England and northern Wales."

However, lower areas are unlikely to be impacted by the snow, with Mr Dewhurst adding that the snow on higher levels is "quite normal for this time of year". 

The forecast also predicts that "a colder settled period" is likely to become "established by early November."

There has been a noticeable drop in temperature in previous days, with temperatures set to hover around the high single figures and low teens over the next few weeks across Scotland.

Are there any weather warnings in place for Scotland?

There is currently a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in place for the West of Scotland until midday on Saturday October 9.

The warning covers Greenock, Fort William and Tobermory.

A yellow warning means there is a risk of flooding and transport disruption.