A red weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for parts of North Devon and Exmoor today (Thursday).

Most of North Devon is covered by a lower-level amber warning, but areas of Exmoor will be under the higher, red warning from 2pm.

A chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “Widespread snow is expected to develop through Thursday afternoon and evening.

“Around 10-20 cm is likely to fall widely, with the potential for up to 30 to 50 cm over parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and parts of southeast Wales.

“Snowfall will be accompanied by strong to gale easterly winds, leading to severe drifting of lying snow especially in upland areas.

“Severe cold and wind chill will compound the dangerous conditions, with very poor visibility.

“Towards midnight, there is a chance of snow turning to freezing rain in places, mainly across the south of the area, with widespread icy stretches making driving conditions particularly dangerous.”

The warning is in place until 2am tomorrow (Friday).

Many schools have closed across North Devon today and police have closed some of the roads due to hazardous conditions.

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