The Met Office has issued Yellow weather warnings for rain & snow across the area.
Warnings are in place all day on Thursday through to lunchtime on Friday.
The North East of Aberdeenshire warning is for rain with gale-force winds of 50 – 60 mph expected.
Persistent, heavy rain associated with Storm Christoph is expected to affect the north and northeast of mainland Scotland as well as Orkney early on Thursday before slowly pulling away on Friday.
This rain is expected to turn to snow further inland but in the warning area it will remain mostly as rain. 20-40 mm of rain is likely quite widely with perhaps as much as 50-70 mm across the far northeast of Aberdeenshire.
In addition, this rain will be accompanied by coastal gales on Thursday with gusts of 50 mph, perhaps 60 mph, along north-facing coasts posing an additional hazard.
While further inland the warning is for snow
Wet weather associated with Storm Christoph will push in from the North Sea and Moray Firth early on Thursday and turn to snow, even at modest elevations.
Snow accumulations of 5-10 cm are possible at low-levels whilst 10-20 cm snow is likely above around 200 m.
In addition, strong winds will develop on Thursday, leading to blizzard conditions at times over higher ground, and icing on infrastructure, such as power lines.