North Devon has been upgraded to an amber snow warning for Thursday and Friday.

The region will be on 'snow alert' as the Beast from the East continues to blast North Devon with cold.

Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected on Thursday and Friday leading to some significant accumulations developing.

Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel could occur during this time and the Met Office has warned roads may become icy.

A spokesman said: "There is the potential for a spell of snow, moving northwards over southern Britain on Thursday, to intensify and become heavy on Thursday afternoon/evening as it spreads north.

"As it does so, some places could also see significant ice build up overnight into Friday.

"This is likely to be accompanied by strengthening easterly winds.

"Long delays and cancellations to public transport could occur, whilst some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers.

"Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities could occur."

An amber warning is in place from 2pm Thursday until 8am on Friday.

There is still potential for heavy snow on Saturday but the warning has downgraded to yellow.

People are being urged to look out for elderly and vulnerable relatives during the cold spell.