Warning of Storm Caroline, the Met Office's chief forecaster said: "The strongest winds will reach the northwest early on Thursday, extending to the north-east and Northern Isles in the afternoon".
It could snow in North Devon this week, the Met Office has revealed.
A weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland for snow and ice.
The Met Office has issued a wind warning for Scotland from 8am to 11.55pm on Thursday, saying gusts of 60mph to 70mph are expected widely, with 80mph possible near north-facing mainland coasts and across the Isles.
"The most frequent showers and greatest risk of snow settling, which may cause disruption, will be for areas exposed to a north to northwesterly winds".
As you may expect with such a weather warning, temperatures will also drop to a very cold 3C on Friday and lows of just 1C on Saturday.
Two to five centimetres of snow is likely for some with 10-20 centimeters possible over high ground in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The forecaster said the storm - officially named Caroline, the thrid of the season - will bring strong winds to northern Scotland on Thursday.
"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening".
After the storm, the milder temperatures that parts of the United Kingdom have been experiencing this week are set to disappear.