The Met Office has issued a weather warning for ice, with chief forecasters saying showers of sleet or snow are possible on higher ground across the South West.

It’s a chilly day in North Devon today (Wednesday) – and it’s set to get even colder this evening.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice from 6pm, and said icy patches are likely on untreated road.

And there could even be a small chance of snow on higher ground.

A chief forecaster or the Met Office said: “Showers, falling as rain or hail, but as sleet or snow on some higher ground, will occur at times through Wednesday and overnight into Thursday morning.

“The extent of ice will vary across the area with inland areas most prone whilst north facing coasts are less likely to be affected.”

Last night Devon County Council’s gritters were out in full force, and are expected to be out treating the roads again tonight.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Temperatures are getting lower and this could be the first real icy spell this winter, so people should be exceptionally careful when out and about.

“Untreated roads may well be icy with a freeze following the showers of rain that are expected, but even treated roads could see ice forming.”

It comes as an area of low pressure to the east and high pressure to the west funnels Arctic air across the UK.

Overnight temperatures could get as low as -4’C in some parts of the UK.

As temperatures drop and we approach winter, Age UK is asking people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director, said: “The cold weather is challenging for many older people, particularly if they are coping with ill health or living in housing that costs a lot to heat.

“Exposure to the cold can have a really serious impact on older people because ageing bodies find it harder to adjust to big changes in temperature.

“For example, the cold raises blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and breathing in cold air can also increase the risk, and impact, of serious illnesses like flu and pneumonia.

“Simple precautions such as wrapping up warm when going outside, sleeping with the windows closed at night and having plenty of hot food and drinks throughout the day can help keep these risks at bay.

“We’d also urge everyone to keep a friendly eye on older relatives, friends and neighbours, especially when the weather is very bad and it’s difficult to get out.

“Offering to bring in some shopping, or just popping in for a chat and a cup of tea, can be a real help during the long winter months.”

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