A FRESH warning for snow and ice has been issued for Dorset by the Met Office.

The yellow alert will be in force between 10am on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday and covers the whole of the county.

The Met Office says the extent of any snow is “very uncertain” but between 2 and 5cm could fall across parts of the country, including central and southern England.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “An Atlantic frontal system looks likely to bring rain into parts of southwestern Britain on Wednesday. As this moves further east into colder air there is a chance of this rain turning to snow.

"The extent of any snow is very uncertain, but 2 to 5 cm could fall across a swathe of southern Wales, central and southern England, with a small chance of 10 to 15 cm settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres. As the rain and snow clears on Wednesday night there is a risk of widespread ice forming on untreated surfaces.”

In terms of what to expect, the Met Office says:

  • There is a slight chance that bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times
  • There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel
  • A slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • A small chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

A yellow warning for snow and ice is also in place until 10am today.

The Met Office also issued a snow and ice warning for Monday with some parts of Dorset seeing brief snow showers