Parts of North Devon have been issued an amber weather warning as more snow is expected to fall.

The Met Office has warned heavy snow is likely between 2pm this afternoon (Thursday) and 9pm this evening.

The warning said a band of rain from the south west will quickly turn to snow, becoming heavy in places. It is thought three-to-seven centimetres will accumulate within two to three hours.

As much as 10cm of snow is expected on high ground.

The warning from the Met Office said travel delays on roads are likely, and may even strand some vehicles and passengers. There may also be delays or cancellations to rail travel.

Devon County Council is warning of the potential for travel disruption from this afternoon and into tomorrow morning as well.

The council has activated a snow response plan for the North Devon Link Road, with extra tractors and ploughs standing by between Bolham Roundabout and South Molton to enable continuous gritting.

Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing for the alliance, said: “We are aware of the upgraded weather warning for this afternoon and tomorrow, which is an amber warning for snow encompassing parts of Devon.

“It is vitally important that the public take these warnings serious. It is in place from 2pm today meaning that it will impact rush hour traffic, therefore we advise that people give serious consideration to their journey home from work and the school runs; we recommend that people do not travel unless essential.

“The biggest reoccurring error that we see from road users is that during times of severe weather, they do not alter their driving habits.

“Please can all road users reduce their speed, give extra breaking distance between them and the vehicle in front, and if you must travel, leave both extra time for your journey and prepare for the worst – ensure you have a full tank, food and water in the vehicle, shovel and stop signs, a full charged phone and warm clothing; all the things to prepare you in-case of a breakdown.”

Devon County Council's advice

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures

• Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming

• Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed

• Drive with care and according to the conditions

• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell

• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over.

• Listen for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you have food and essential medications