THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in Wales for much of Saturday.

Much of the country should expect dreezing conditions and ice and snow from 8am until 10pm, with Traffic Wales advising motorists that if they are making an essential journey then to check the Met Office for updated weather before heading off.

The yellow warning covers all of Powys, with Newtown expected to be one of the coldest places across Wales at -2°C.

The yellow warning also covers: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.

According to the Met Office some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus, and train.

The new warning was expanded over Wales and parts of south-west England and brought forward to Saturday morning. A much as 7cm of snow could fall in parts with forecasters also predicting “strong and gusty winds”.

The Met Office said on their website: “A cold day is forecasted throughout Saturday as wintry precipitation moves in from the west, falling as freezing rain, sleet and snow – giving a risk of ice forming.

“This weakens into the afternoon. Strong winds, potentially giving gales at the coasts. Remaining cold. Maximum temperature 3 °C.

“Tonight: Drier for a time into the night, allowing some frost to form. Some patchy precipitation returns into the early hours, giving further freezing rain. Remaining windy and icy. Minimum temperature -1 °C.”

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