THE Met Office has lifted its yellow weather warning of snow for Dorset.

The UK weather service had issued an alert for both snow and ice for the county from 10am on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.

However, the warning has been updated and is now only for icy conditions.

It will be in force from 6pm on Wednesday until 11am on Thursday.

A Met Office spokesman warned residents to expect "probably some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths" and "some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces."

The spokesman added: “An area of rain is likely to run across the south of England during Wednesday before clearing to the east overnight into Thursday.

“This will leave surfaces wet with ice forming rapidly once the rain clears. There remains some uncertainty over the extent of the rain through Wednesday with the far south most likely to see this.

“In addition there is a threat of a little snow falling, mainly above 200 m with some accumulations of 2-3 cm but the majority of places will only see rain.”

Earlier this week brief wintry weather was seen in parts of north and east Dorset.

Temperatures are set to remain low over the next few days with highs of just 4C or 5C but by Saturday it will feel like -2C during the day.