PEOPLE in Clydebank and north-west Glasgow are being urged to prepare for a “shock to the system” amid forecasts that a cold snap will strike much of Scotland this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to drop to just a few degrees above freezing on Friday night and throughout Saturday and Sunday before reaching freezing point in some areas early on Monday.

The Met Office says there is the potential for some snow flurries in the Highlands, although no rain or snow is currently being forecast for the area.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “It will turn a lot colder as we head towards Friday and the weekend and the wind turns more northerly. It will be a bit of a shock to the system because it’s been fairly mild recently.”