Heavy snow is forecast for Ayrshire and across Scotland later this week amidst a weather warning from the Met Office. 

The warning is in place from 5am on Wednesday until 9pm on Thursday, with up to 30cm possible in some areas. 

Significant travel disruption is expected should the snow fall at the estimated level, with travel delays and power cuts possible.

The Met Office said: "An area of rain pushing north-eastwards is expected to increasingly fall as snow, at least for a time, as it encounters colder air across Scotland.

"Heavier snowfall is more likely above 150m, where 5-15cm of snow may accumulate, and possibly as much as 30cm of snow in a few locations.

"At lower levels 2-5cm may accumulate but there remains a possibility that milder air makes more inroads, with the snow turning back to rain more widely.

"A brief period of freezing rain, which would bring areas of ice, is possible in the western, especially south-western, part of the warning area on Wednesday morning."