PARTS of West Somerset can expect some disruption from icy surfaces tonight and tomorrow, according to a yellow Met Office weather warning.

Minehead, Porlock and Dulverton are among the towns the weather service predicts will be affected by icy patches on roads and pavements. 

This could lead to some longer journey times on the roads and railways, while people have been warned of the risk of injuries from slipping on treacherous surfaces.

The weather warning zone extends westwards into North Devon and Cornwall, covering South Molton, Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay.

The Met Office said some disruption is “likely” because of ice in those areas between 5pm today and 6pm tomorrow (Thursday).

A spokesperson said: “Frequent wintry showers will spread into Northern Ireland through the early hours of Thursday then on to Wales, parts of western and northwestern England, and parts of south west England.

“These will fall on frozen ground in many areas, leading to the formation of icy stretches on untreated surfaces.

“In addition, showers are likely to fall as snow on high ground, with slight accumulations possible in places.”

The Met Office said people can expect “some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces” and “some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”.

Its warning also said: “Some roads and railways may be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”

The service tells motorists to adjust their driving to suit the conditions and take extra care when there is heavy snow or ice on the roads.

Drivers are recommended to prepare a winter kit for their cars that includes an ice scraper and de-icer, an in-car phone charger, warm clothes and blankets and a shovel.

Bringing food and drink is also advised, such as a hot drink in a flask.